A 50-year-old Fort Collins man is facing several charges, including attempted murder, after being arrested for two separate incidents that occurred over two months apart.

That's according to a post on the Fort Collins Police Services Facebook page. According to the post, the first incident happened on May 11 when a woman called police to report that her purse had been stolen from her car overnight. Security cameras showed that the suspected thief had been driving a black Suburu.

The woman saw the car leaving her neighborhood the next day, and she began following in her vehicle. The woman yelled at the driver of the car to return her purse, at which point he threatened her with a handgun and drove away.

But the woman would not give up at first and kept following.

Police say the driver started shooting at her, driving recklessly through a school zone and populated areas where pedestrians were walking around. The woman eventually stopped following him but reported the car and its license plate number to police. Detectives were able to identify the suspect as 50-year-old Gabriel Motta of Fort Collins.

On July 19, police got a call from the parents of a missing 9-month-old child. The parents told police they had not seen the boy since dropping him off with a babysitter, who they identified as Gabriel Motta. Motta had last been seen at a bus stop near a Denny's restaurant on July 18 and the parents had not been able to reach him since then.

Police soon found Motta and the missing child, who was in a stroller and was not injured. Motta was arrested, and the investigation following his arrest turned up several missing items and some meth.

Motta has been booked into the Larimer County Jail and at the last report was being held on a $125,000 bond. According to the release, he faces the following charges:

MAY 2022 INCIDENT
⚬ Attempted First Degree Murder (class 2 felony)
⚬ Illegal Discharge of a Firearm – 3 counts (class 2 felony)
⚬ Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (class 5 felony)
⚬ Felony Menacing (class 5 felony)
JULY 2022 INCIDENT
⚬ Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (class 5 felony)
⚬ Criminal Possession of Two or More Financial Devices (class 6 felony)
⚬ Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (class 1 misdemeanor)
⚬ Child Abuse (class 2 misdemeanor)
⚬ Violation of a Protection Order (class 2 misdemeanor)

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