In an uncanny imitation of a popular Indiana Jones movie scene, 72-year-old Gregory Lee Rodvelt of Oregon transformed his home into a deadly labyrinth of booby traps, resulting in a 12-year federal prison sentence. The elaborate scheme was enacted after he lost his property in a lawsuit, and it culminated in the injury of an FBI bomb technician in September 2018.
Indiana Jones-Inspired Booby Traps
Among the intricate traps Rodvelt set, two stand out for their deadly ingenuity. One was a hot tub rigged to roll down a hill when triggered, a chilling parallel to the iconic boulder scene from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. Another was a wheelchair converted into a deadly weapon, constructed to fire a shotgun when activated. Rodvelt's third booby trap was a rat trap, modified to discharge a shotgun shell.
Conviction and Sentence
On June 2, Rodvelt was found guilty of assaulting a federal officer and using a firearm during a crime of violence. He was subsequently sentenced to 150 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release. Chief of the U.S. Attorney's Office Eugene and Medford Branch Offices, Nathan J. Lichvarcik, expressed relief that Rodvelt's actions did not result in fatalities, branding the sentence as a 'just punishment for a serious crime.'
The Injured FBI Bomb Technician
When a real estate lawyer tasked with selling the property found warnings of improvised devices, the FBI and bomb squad were dispatched. The traps proved their lethal efficiency when the wheelchair trap discharged a shotgun shell, hospitalizing an FBI agent. Rodvelt admitted to setting the traps during an interview, notably referencing the Indiana Jones movie.