Man Whose Home Was Rigged with Indiana Jones Booby Trap Guilty of Injuring Federal Officer

Photos show how the Oregon man recreated the Raiders of the Lost Ark boulder trap using a hot tub; a shotgun contraption in the home, however, is responsible for injuring a member of the FBI bomb squad.

A 71-year-old Oregon man faces up to 20 years in federal prison after one of many boobytraps on his property injured an FBI bomb technician.

Gregory Lee Rodvelt of Williams, Oregon was found guilty of assaulting a federal officer and using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence on June 2, stemming from an incident at his home on September 7, 2018.

According to local reports, Rodvelt lost his property in a lawsuit filed by his mother. Though he was serving time behind bars in Arizona for an unrelated incident, he was released from jail for two weeks in August 2018 to prepare the home for sale; instead, he allegedly loaded up the property with extremely dangerous traps. The person in charge of selling the estate reached out to authorities to help after returning to the home and finding a sign saying it was now “protected with improvised devices.”

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Bomb technicians from Oregon State Police and the FBI responded to the home shortly after … and, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office, immediately saw some of Rodvelt’s handiwork in action.

“When the bomb technicians arrived at the property, they observed a minivan blocking the gate. The technicians found steel animal traps affixed to a gate post and under the hood of the minivan. They also located homemade spike strips, which the receiver had previously run over,” said the Department of Justice.

“As the technician neared the residence, they observed a hot tub that had been placed on its side and rigged in a manner that when a gate was opened it would activate a mechanical trigger causing the spa to roll toward the person who had opened the gate,” the release continued.

A photo of the hot tub trap can be seen below:

If that sounds like a familiar setup, well, it was apparently inspired by the famed opening sequence of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” According to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Gray, Rodvelt later confirmed the film served as his inspiration — allegedly describing the trap “by referencing the ‘stone rolling down in the Indiana Jones Movie.'”

The authorities were able to sidestep those initial obstacles, before spotting “a rat trap modified to accept a shotgun shell,” which would be tripped by the garage door when opened. The trap was unloaded, however. The officers then gained entry to the home by using an explosive charge on the front door.

“The group carefully entered the residence, looking for traps, and found a wheelchair in the center of the front entryway. When the wheelchair was bumped, it triggered a homemade shotgun device that discharged a .410 shotgun shell that struck the FBI bomb technician below the knee,” read the Attorney’s Office release. The injured tech was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries and released.

Rodvelt will be sentenced at a later date, though faces up to 20 years in federal prison. His defense attorney, however, called the maximum sentence “unrealistic.”

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