East Idaho man allegedly threatens neighbor with gun over parking dispute

September 19, 2018


An Idaho Falls man was arrested Sept. 10 after he reportedly pointed a gun at a neighbor and threatened him.

Robert Harold Roof, 51, was angry at his neighbor after roof workers parked one foot onto his side of the shared driveway. He was also angry because the roofers also left shingles on his property, according to an Idaho Falls Police Department report.

The victim told the workers to continue and ignore Roof. He and Roof traded insults. The victim told police similar confrontations had happened before over parking and barbecue smoke.

The victim said Roof pulled out a pistol, pointed it at him and threatened to kill him. The victim ran into the house to call police. His wife also reported seeing Roof pull the gun and threaten her husband. The roofers told police they could hear the argument but did not see the confrontation or the gun.

Roof told police he was acting in self-defense, that the victim had charged at him unprovoked and stopped just a few feet away.

Roof was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, punishable with up to five years in prison. He was released to Pretrial Services.

A hearing for the no-contact order issued between Roof and the victim is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Bonneville County Courthouse. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday.

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