Duchesne County MPs arrest man on 35 charges

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DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah, August 22, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – A Duchesne County man was arrested Thursday for 28 gun-related crimes and seven drug-related crimes after sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene after to a report of a man hallucinating and threatening to “” stab people in his bedroom ceiling insulation.

Officers arrived at the scene on South River Road in an unincorporated area of ​​Duchesne County and spoke to Robert Lee Rhoades, 40, who officers said was on parole and barred from having weapons, but which was discovered to have more than two dozen knives, as well as a quantity of illegal drugs.

MPs arrived and were told Rhoades believed “there were people living in the insulation in his ceiling and they were going to hurt him,” his probable cause statement said. “I asked Robert if he had any guns on him and he said no. I asked him where the knife he was carrying was and he said it was stuck in a box in the basement. I then asked Robert to sit in my patrol vehicle while I searched for the individuals in his room.

A search of Rhoades’ room uncovered drug paraphernalia, three vials of naloxone, four pieces of foil with a brown substance compatible with heroin, and a rubber container and bag with the same type. of brown substance, several syringes, two torches, a scale like those used to measure drugs and 28 different types of knives, including “10 large pocket knives, two hunting knives 4 inches long, 13 throwing daggers, a switchblade knife, a Chinese throwing star and a miscellaneous knife with three blades. “

An officer asked Rhoades if he had used heroin recently, and Rhoades said he used it that afternoon, the statement said.

“It was both mine and Sgt. Reilly’s belief that Robert had used the wrong amount of heroin, and this was contributing to his behavior, ”the deputy’s statement read.

A family member told officers that Rhoades also mixed cleaning fluids in an attempt to make tear gas “for use on people on the ceiling.” Robert also said he was going to use a nearby pitchfork and stab her in the ceiling in an attempt to injure people living in the ceiling.

After being examined and obtained a medical clearance, Rhoades was held in the Duchesne County Jail on suspicion of:

  • 28 counts of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restrained person, a felony in the third degree
  • Seven counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Schedule I / II / Analog, a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Threat / use of dangerous weapon in combat, a class A misdemeanor
  • Carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol / drugs, a Class B offense
  • Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class B offense

Rhoades is being held without bail.

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