Armed robbery foiled

By: Gloria Beverage
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Three adults, who robbed the Colfax Chevron station early Tuesday morning, were caught just minutes later by California Highway Patrol officers on Interstate 80 near Truckee. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies received the report of an armed robbery at the South Canyon Way gas station at 1:17 a.m. The clerk told deputies a man had entered the store, pointed a revolver at him and demanded he empty the cash register. After he handed over a bag filled with money from the cash register, the suspect fled. Deputies reviewing the video surveillance tape were able to identify the vehicle and put out an alert to all law enforcement agencies in the area. “Because Chevron has such good video, we were able to see the vehicle,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Troy Minton-Sanders. “Even though the vehicle didn’t have a rear license plate, they were able to see a very distinctive sticker in the back window.” At 1:45 a.m., CHP officer John Eimer spotted the red Lexus traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near Rainbow Lodge, said Gold Run Commander Lt. John Arrabit. “Rather than make a stop, Eimer continued to follow them into the Truckee CHP area,” Arrabit said. “That allowed for additional units to get in position to pick up the suspects, who were known to be armed.” The vehicle was pulled over near the Ag station just outside Truckee. Officers then arrested 42-year-old Eugene Rice of Oakland; 23-year-old Vusal Manafov of San Mateo; and 18-year-old Jarnee F. Rivers of Sacramento. Deputies later identified Manafov as the gunman who entered the Colfax business and Rice as the driver of the getaway vehicle. The money and the gun used in the robbery were recovered. All three suspects were transported to the Placer County Jail and have been booked on charges of robbery. Manafov had two outstanding robbery warrants from Yolo County.