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Judge drops felony menacing charges against alleged Rifle arsonist

GRAND JUNCTION – Felony menacing charges against alleged Rifle arsonist Robin Jay Clifton were dropped Friday because there was no evidence showing he threatened anyone. Twenty-first Judicial District Chief Judge David Bottger dropped all of Clifton’s charges but a misdemeanor stemming from a June 12 incident in Clifton. Clifton’s wife, Robin Pearl Clifton, allegedly chased two women and a 3-year-old boy into an alley and threatened them with a gun. Both women testified that Robin Jay Clifton walked into a nearby City Market grocery store before the chase, and was not present when his wife allegedly pulled a gun on them. The misdemeanor was not subject to the preliminary hearing and could not be dismissed. Clifton is set to be arraigned Aug. 18 in a Garfield County case involving charges of motor vehicle theft, theft and indecent exposure, and in a second case involving charges of arson, criminal mischief, burglary, tampering with evidence and violation of his bail bond. He is accused of setting four fires in Rifle during the early morning hours of Labor Day 2005, which destroyed two businesses and did minor damage to two other buildings.

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