Arson suspect in more trouble with law
With his wife accused of pointing a gun at a family, alleged Rifle arsonist Robin Jay Clifton continues to have run-ins with the law.Robin Jay Clifton and his wife Robin Pearl Clifton, both of Collbran, were arrested last weekend on felony menacing charges after Robin Pearl Clifton aimed a gun at a family of three in a Clifton park near Grand Junction. Mesa County Sheriff Sgt. Todd Rowell said that the family called authorities June 12 after being chased by Robin Pearl Clifton, who was aiming her gun at the mother and her young son. Rowell said the Cliftons were sitting in their car at the park near 32 Road when the pair had a verbal exchange with the family. Robin Pearl Clifton allegedly began running after the family with the gun pointed at them. Robin Jay Clifton was driving the car, but did not point a gun at the family, Rowell said. Robin Jay Clifton was arrested Saturday for felony menacing and two unrelated charges, including being a fugitive from justice – a Mesa County charge – and theft. Robin Pearl Clifton was arrested Sunday on a felony menacing charge and then bonded out of jail. Robin Jay Clifton was being held Monday at the Mesa County Jail on $553,000 bond.Scheduled to appear before 21st Judicial District Chief Judge David Bottger in Grand Junction on Friday for a return filing of charges, Robin Jay Clifton is set to be arraigned before Senior Judge Tom Ossola in Glenwood Springs the same day, for the Rifle arson charges. Which court hearing Robin Jay Clifton will end up appearing at wasn’t clear Monday. “Mesa’s got him,” said Robin Jay Clifton’s attorney Arnold Mordkin. “They’ve got his body. They’re not going to bring him up (to Garfield County).”Mordkin said that if Robin Jay Clifton doesn’t show up to court in Glenwood Springs, it’s technically a bond violation. Sorting it all out will be a “headache,” he said. Robin Jay Clifton bonded out of Garfield County Jail in May after being arrested in April on 13 charges stemming from fires he allegedly set in Rifle on Labor Day 2005. The fires destroyed two Rifle businesses and did minor damage to two others. In the arson case, he was being held on $100,000 bond. He also had to post two $50,000 bonds on failure to appear charges and a $10,000 bond related to a bond revocation charge. The fires he allegedly set caused $1.6 million in damage, destroying the Rifle Fireside Lanes and the Rifle Amoco, while also damaging the Mi Hacienda Restaurant and the Meadow Court Townhouses.
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