An Independence man faces a robbery charge in a car-jacking on Labor Day.
Travis S. Manus, 28, of Independence, was charged Wednesday with first-degree robbery of stealing a man’s truck while it sat at a stoplight on South Sterling Avenue Monday evening.
The victim was stopped at a red light on Sterling at the intersection of Winner Road when Manus allegedly approached the truck holding a piece of asphalt or a brick in his hand. According to police spokesman Tom Gentry, Manus threatened the victim and demanded that he get out of his truck.
As the victim was trying to unlatch his seat belt, Manus allegedly struck him with the hard object and then dragged the victim out of the truck before leaving the scene in the truck.
Independence police later apprehended Manus. They took him back to the scene of the crime, where the victim identified him as the assailant.
Manus was arraigned Wednesday morning and bail was set at $100,000 at 10 percent. Gentry said Manus remained in police custody as of Wednesday evening.