Suspect to be charged in Best Western
Formal charges relating to the robbery that occurred at the Best
Plus Lodge at River’s Edge in Orofino
Dec. 21, 2013
are expected to be filed by the end of the week against Christopher J.
Jennings, 47, of Orofino, according to Orofino Police Department (OPD).
During the early morning hours of Dec. 21, a masked male
suspect confronted a female employee at the Best Western by jumping over
the front desk and, at gunpoint, demanding money. During the robbery the
gunman threatened to shoot the victim multiple times and placed the gun
to the back of the victim’s head, to her forehead, or under her chin,
according to OPD.
The suspect was provided with an unspecified amount of
currency. Before leaving the area the suspect attempted to move the
victim to one of the hotel rooms, but was unsuccessful, reportedly
because another employee happened to emerge from nearby. The victim was
bound and left on the floor behind the front desk, and the suspect left
through a rear door.
Police Department was contacted minutes later and responded to the
scene. The suspect’s tracks were located in the fresh snow, where he had
left through the rear door. When police followed the tracks, they
discovered a mask, consistent with the one worn by the suspect, in the
snow along the suspect’s escape route.
The footprints traveled east from the hotel and ended at
that point, and it appeared the suspect had entered a vehicle and driven
away from the scene. In the area where the suspect vehicle had been
parked, a cigarette butt, partially melted into the snow, was
discovered, and though to have been discarded there by the suspect.
The cigarette butt and the mask were seized for evidence.
Foot and tire impressions at the scene were photographed and cast for
later comparison, if a suspect could be identified.
became a person of interest in the case. Multiple search warrants were
residence and area storage sheds between Dec.
26, 2013 and
A search warrant to collect
was sought and authorized on Feb. 10. At that time
was incarcerated at the Clearwater County Jail on unrelated charges.
DNA samples were obtained from
and later sent to the Idaho State Forensic Lab in
along with the mask and the cigarette butt, for comparison purposes.
This week, results were received from the state lab,
which indicated there was a
found on both the mask and the cigarette butt, according to ISP. In
addition, the tire impressions photographed and cast at the scene of the
robbery were consistent with a vehicle known to be driven by
is expected to be charged with Robbery (IC 18-6501), Kidnapping (IC
18-4501), Burglary (IC 18-1401), Aggravated Assault (IC 18-905),
Aggravated Battery (IC 18-907), Assault with Intent to Commit a Serious
Felony (IC 18-909), and
with Intent to Commit a Serious Felony (IC 18-911). A weapons
enhancement is also likely to be included in the case, according to OPD.
has been tied to approximately 15 additional burglary and/or theft cases
in the Orofino city limits that occurred from
Jan. 8, 2014. The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office has also
to at least 10 additional burglary and/or theft cases which occurred in
the county’s jurisdiction during the same time period. The Clearwater
County Prosecutor’s Office is currently reviewing and compiling these
additional cases, and numerous additional charges are expected to be
in the coming weeks.
remains incarcerated in the Clearwater County Jail on some unrelated
charges, which include Burglary, Attempted Escape, Possession of
Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Jennings was arrested Jan. 8 by the Clearwater
County Sheriff’s Department after an alleged burglary attempt at Tri-Pro
After the Konkolville arrest,
attempted to escape from jail Jan. 13, but failed. He is currently being
held on a $110,000 bond, but that amount could increase, based on the
new charges that are expected to be filed by the end of the week,
according to OPD.
The police department
still possesses a variety of property, believed to have been stolen,
that was seized from
residence and storage sheds during the execution of search warrants at
those locations. The police department is encouraging anyone who has
been a victim of theft over the last eight months to contact the OPD at