54 charges filed in gas station frenzy, standoff at Clifton home

George Roloff

Despite the man’s apparent refusal to attend court Tuesday morning, prosecutors filed 54 charges against the suspect accused of several crimes culminating in an hourslong standoff with police in Clifton earlier this month.

George Roloff, 34, formally was charged with 39 felonies, including multiple counts of second-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, felony menacing and burglary. Roloff also faces several sentence-enhancing charges, including five habitual-criminal counts that carry what could amount to a life sentence if he’s convicted of the counts.

Roloff on Tuesday morning reportedly refused to leave his cell at the Mesa County Jail to attend his hearing in District Judge Richard Gurley’s courtroom, Chief Deputy District Attorney Trish Mahre said.

Further explanation for Roloff’s absence was not provided.

Because of the no-show, Gurley scheduled another hearing Thursday when Roloff may choose to attend formal advisement on the charges.

An arrest affidavit identifies 14 victims of a crime spree July 10, alleging that Roloff tried to steal a vehicle at gunpoint at the Bradley Sinclair, 3218 F Road, before fleeing and threatening to kill occupants of a duplex in the 600 block of Jackson Street.

Roloff was arrested after an ensuing standoff with police that lasted several hours.


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