A 41-year-old Gering man is being held on a $250,000 bond for reportedly robbing a man at gunpoint at a local motel.
Jorge Saenz Jr. is charged with Robbery and Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a felony, and was arraigned on the felony charges Monday in Scotts Bluff County Court.
Gering Police say early Wednesday morning they were dispatched to Saenz’s home on 4th Street after his tenant reported him for punching holes in the wall on the main floor. Officers made contact with Saenz, who had a cut above his eye, and was ultimately handcuffed for disturbing the peace.
Around the same time, police received a call about a male walking in the middle of M Street by the Circle S Lodge. Officers made contact with the victim, who advised police he was robbed at gunpoint earlier that morning.
The victim said a man- later identified as Saenz- came into the room and began to choke him. The victim was able to grab a glass jar and hit Saenz in the head with it. Saenz then reportedly pulled out two silver handguns, pointed them at the victim and took $600 cash from him.
A witness at the hotel told police the suspect was a short, Hispanic male with a mohawk, which matches Saenz’s description.
He was booked into the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center, was arraigned on the charges on Monday, and will be back in court on June 17th for his preliminary hearing.