- An FBI agent was shot in the leg by a booby-trapped wheelchair after agents were sent to a house that was rigged with traps, authorities said.
- A hot tub was set up so that it would fall on anyone who set off a trip wire, and the house also contained strips of spikes.
- The criminal complaint filed in court said the scene was like “Indiana Jones,” when “actor Harrison Ford is forced to outrun a giant stone boulder that he inadvertently triggered by a booby trap switch.”
- Gregory Rodvelt, 66, was charged with assault after authorities claimed that he laid the series of traps in the house, which he used to own.
An FBI agent was shot in the leg by a booby-trapped wheelchair, authorities said, after the agent was sent to a house that was rigged with traps “like an Indiana Jones movie.”
A criminal complaint filed at a court in Medford, Oregon, said that the house was rigged with a hot tub in the garden turned on its side that would roll down a ramp onto anyone who triggered a tripwire and with a series of spike stripes.
Having made it safely past the hot tub, the agent was injured by the wheelchair fitted with a fishing line and shotgun ammunition when forcing open the front door, the Associated Press reported, citing court documents.
On his property, Gregory Lee Rodvelt also had a circular hot tub rigged with a trip wire so it would roll over trespassers — something that law enforcement described as being straight out of the opening scene from Indiana Jones' "Raiders of the Lost Ark"https://t.co/LvtIMk0Chr
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An X-ray found a .410-gauge shotgun pellet in the agent’s leg, the documents said.
The complaint said that the situation was “much like a scene from the movie ‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark’ in which actor Harrison Ford is forced to outrun a giant stone boulder that he inadvertently triggered by a booby trap switch.”
Gregory Rodvelt, 66, was charged with assault after authorities claimed that he laid the series of traps in the house, which he formerly owned.
He had previously been arrested in 2017:
The agent and bomb disposal experts were sent to the property at the request of the real estate agent that was trying to sell it, the Associated Press reported.
A team of former military experts inspected the property in the weeks after the FBI agent was injured, the real estate attorney said.
Rodvelt was forced to give up the property in the town of Williams, Oregon, as part of an elder abuse case that involved his mother, according to the Associated Press.
He had been in jail since April 2017 as part of a separate case but was released for two weeks in August so he could prepare the property to be sold.
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