Southern Oregon booby trap suspect in Arizona prison
Whatever happened with that guy who set up an “Indiana Jones” style booby trap out in Josephine County? Did it ever go to court at all?
— Rachel, via email
We haven’t forgotten about Gregory Lee Rodvelt, 72, and the rural Josephine County property he allegedly littered with weaponized contraptions in an attempt to prevent a property in receivership from being seized.
The incident caused a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to be rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds on September 7, 2018, we reported at the time.
Since then, we haven’t had much local to report.
Rodvelt’s charge of assault on a federal officer surrounding the booby trapped property in the 1000 block of Dreamhill Drive in Williams is still pending, records show from the U.S. District Court in Medford.
That case appears to be on pause because Rodvelt is in the middle of another prison sentence in Arizona.
You may remember in the story that Rodvelt was involved in an April 5, 2017, armed standoff in the greater Phoenix area in which he barricaded himself in an SUV with a rifle near the town of Wittmann, Arizona that closed a major thoroughfare during rush hour.
The standoff involved a Special Weapons and Tactics team, a police helicopter and a crisis negotiator, according to media reports.
Maricopa County Superior Court ultimately found Rodvelt guilty of aggravated assault and resisting arrest in November 2018 for the standoff, and sentenced him to 5 years in Arizona prison, according to Arizona Department of Corrections records.
He won’t be eligible to be released from prison until Nov. 15, 2022, records show.
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