EAGLE — A man already in jail is facing three new felony charges for allegedly stealing a car and robbing a motel at gunpoint.
Forest Mangus, 31, of Rifle, was in the Garfield County jail on six other criminal charges — five of them felonies — when evidence led police investigators to him in connection with a carjacking in Gypsum two weeks ago.
Police say that on the evening of Feb. 10, a masked assailant robbed Eagle’s Comfort Inn at gunpoint. The gunman fled the hotel and jumped into a getaway car parked at Eagle’s City Market, just several dozen yards from the hotel.
The getaway car was described as a maroon and silver Subaru hatchback.
About a half hour after that, a woman who was washing her car at the Big Dog car wash in Gypsum was robbed at gunpoint by a man who police say was the same assailant. The man put a gun to her temple and demanded her keys and all her money.
He drove her car, a white 2011 Subaru Outback, west out of Gypsum.
Twelve days later, on Feb. 22, the Rifle Police Department located the 2011 white Subaru Outback station wagon that was stolen. A citizen notified Rifle Police Department that an unfamiliar vehicle had been left unattended for several days in a residential area of town.
A joint investigation involving the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Rifle Police Department, Eagle Police Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office led to Mangus, who was already in the Garfield County jail.
Mangus is being held without bail on three new felony charges: aggravated robbery, a class 3 felony; felony menacing, a class 5 felony; and aggravated motor vehicle theft by a previous offender, a class 3 felony.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.