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72-Year-Old Man Jailed for ‘Indiana Jones’-Inspired Booby Traps That Injured FBI Technician

A 72-year-old man, Gregory Rodvelt, has been sentenced to over 12 years in federal prison for orchestrating “Indiana Jones”-inspired booby traps in his home that injured an FBI bomb technician several years ago.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon declared on December 6 that a judge sentenced Rodvelt to 150 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release following a June conviction for assaulting a federal officer and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

In September 2018, Oregon State Police bomb technicians and the FBI responded to Rodvelt’s former property. After losing the property in a lawsuit, he set up booby traps upon learning it would be sold.

Upon arrival, authorities noticed a minivan blocking the front gate with two steel-toothed booby traps. A hot tub near the home was “rigged” to roll towards anyone opening the gate, reminiscent of a scene from ‘Indiana Jones — Raiders of the Lost Ark.’

The home had barred windows, bullet holes, and a garage rat trap modified to accept a shotgun shell. An explosive charge was used to access the interior, revealing a wheelchair-triggered homemade shotgun device that injured an FBI bomb technician.

Nathan Lichvarcik, chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eugene and Medford Branch Offices, stated that Rodvelt, fueled by anger, booby-trapped the property with the intent to seriously harm someone.

Kieran Ramsey, special agent in charge of the FBI Portland Field Office, emphasized the defendant’s extensive efforts to hinder law enforcement and stressed the severity of the concealed traps. Rodvelt had a previous arrest in Arizona for unlawful possession of explosives.

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