George Roloff, guilty in bizarre crime spree, inspired by fears of witchcraft?
George Roloff was arrested nearly three years ago. So why has it taken so long for a jury to convict him of 37 counts in a bizarre crime spree that only ended after an hours-long SWAT-team standoff? Because there were questions about his competency to stand trial owing to reported "fears of witchcraft, spells, demonic actions and other obviously paranormal things."
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Just past noon on July 10, 2011, according to the affidavit, 911 dispatch in Mesa County, on Colorado's Western Slope, received a report about a man outside a Bradley Sinclair gas station in the community of Clifton. The suspect, later identified as Roloff, was said to be holding a shotgun on a woman at one of the pumps.
Randy Abeyta, an acquaintance of Roloff's, soon filled in the cops about what was going on. He said Roloff had shown up at his door a short time earlier and said he needed a ride into town immediately -- and given the man's frazzled appearance (he was allegedly covered in sweat), Abeyta quickly agreed.
In 2011, a witness provided the following photos of the standoff to KKCO-TV.
As they climbed into his car, a 1980 Cadillac, Abeyta noticed that Roloff's backpack contained a shotgun, and he gently suggested that he stow it in the trunk. But as the report notes, Roloff "was not interested in moving it" -- and he proved it by proceeding to load the weapon, point the barrel at Abeyta's side and order him to get more gas for the Caddy.
At the Sinclair station, Roloff dismounted and allegedly demanded car keys from three separate men, menacing them with his shotgun to underscore his urgency, before turning his attention to Allison Cripe, who had driven to the station along with her mother, age 98. She told investigators she'd just finished filling her tank when Roloff approached her and said, "Give me your keys. They are not worth your life."
Cripe turned down this request, since her mom was in the car. But the elderly woman was no pushover. She fought with Roloff when he reached into the passenger compartment. Between her resistance and his inability to find the keys, which Cripe had already spirited away, Roloff eventually grew frustrated and walked off.
His next destination was 614 Jackson, Unit B, which was occupied by Sara Ann Hill and her three roommates. She heard a knock at the door, and when she answered it, she found Roloff rocking his shotgun. The report notes that he ordered the men with Hill to empty their pockets, then ordered one of them to fork over -- you guessed it -- the keys to his vehicle, promising to "kill this motherfucker to prove I'm serious" if they weren't provided.
Later, however, he displayed at least a modicum of understanding. "Sorry, it's been one of those days," he's quoted as saying.
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