Suspect robs multiple businesses in Fountain with nail gun

(FOUNTAIN, Colo.) — A 50-year-old man is in custody after allegedly robbing multiple businesses in Fountain with a nail gun on Monday, March 18.

According to the Fountain Police Department (FPD), officers originally responded around 4:30 p.m. on Monday to the Safeway gas station on Mesa Ridge Parkway to investigate a report of a robbery. FPD said the suspect was allegedly armed with what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun and demanded money from an employee before leaving the business with an undisclosed amount of cash.

As officers were responding to the gas station robbery, they were notified of a hold-up alarm coming from the Taco Bell, also on Mesa Ridge Parkway. Through the investigation, law enforcement learned that the same suspect who robbed the gas station entered the Taco Bell, and again demanded money before leaving.

A short time later, FPD said officers found the suspect in a Lowe’s parking lot on Fountain Mesa Road, and he was taken into custody without incident.

According to FPD, the suspect has been identified as 50-year-old Preston Hobbs. The weapon employees saw at the Safeway robbery turned out to be a nail gun, which FPD said could have easily been used to cause serious bodily injury.

Preston Hobbs
Courtesy: Fountain Police Department

Hobbs was booked into the El Paso County Jail on multiple charges, including Felony Aggravated Robbery, Felony Menacing, and Theft. He is due in El Paso County Court on March 29.

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