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Fort Lupton man obtains lawyer in alleged gun threat case

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MetroWest Report

A Fort Lupton man who allegedly threatened students in October by making a gun shape with his hands has hired a lawyer for his upcoming court date on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Rupert Rodello, 29, is charged with two misdemeanors – interference with staff, faculty or students of educational institutions and obstruction of a police officer – for an incident on Tuesday, Oct. 4, near Fort Lupton High School.

At the scheduled pre-trial hearing, Rodello and his lawyer are expected to discuss possible plea deals or try to resolve the case without going to trial, said Tyler Hill, a spokesman for the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

No weapons were found on Rodello when he was arrested, police have said. Fort Lupton Police Chief Kenneth Poncelow said his officers acted professionally in apprehending Rodello, who has no prior arrest history.

At an initial court appearance on Wednesday, Oct. 5, two of Rodello’s family members told the court that Rodello has had developmental disabilities since childhood.

Weld County District Court Judge Shannon D. Lyons released Rodello on a personal recognizance bond into his family’s custody. Rodello lives with his mother in Fort Lupton.

Rodello most recently appeared in court on Tuesday, Dec. 27, with public defender Megan Bishop.