A transient wanted for questioning in the slaying of an elderly Salt Lake man last January has been arrested in Colorado on a Utah warrant charging him with forging the victim's checks.

Fredrick Germonto, 26, is charged with forging checks belonging to Gilbert T. Lisonbee, 85, who was beaten to death in his home, 2632 S. Green St., on Jan. 9.Germonto was arrested in Mineral County, Colo., last Sunday and is being held in the Rio Grande County, Colo., jail on the Utah warrant and on charges he burglarized a summer cabin in a mountainous area about 185 miles west of Colorado Springs, said Mineral County Sheriff Phil Leggitt.

Salt Lake police will try to get Germonto extradited to Utah so they can question him about the Lisonbee case, said homicide squad Sgt. Chuck Cockayne.

Police have determined that Lisonbee hired Germonto on Jan. 9 to do some odd jobs at one of Lisonbee's several properties.

About noon, Germonto tried to cash a check at a downtown check-cashing business. An employee at the business became suspicious so Germonto went to a nearby bank, where he cashed the check, according to the charges.

About two hours later, neighbors found Lisonbee's body in the front room of his residence. An autopsy determined he had been beaten severely about the head with an object believed to have been a large vase.