New information about Robert Lewis Dear, the 57-year-old accused of shooting and killing three -- and injuring nine -- at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, suggests he has targeted the healthcare organization in the past.
In an interview with NBC News on Tuesday (Dec. 1), Barbara Mescher Michaux, an ex-wife of Dear's, said that while the two were living together in South Carolina over 20 years ago, Dear put glue in the door locks of a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Dear's anti-choice fervor was once again his motive to commit this most recent act of domestic terrorism. After the attack on the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, Dear used the phrase "no more baby parts" when explaining to investigators why he'd committed the egregious act. According to the New York Times, an anonymous source who knew Dear said he "had praised people who attacked abortion providers, saying they were doing 'God's work.'"
In the wake of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood attack, more information about Dear's past run-ins with the law have emerged, and unsurprisingly, they center around his disturbing relationship with women. According to The Daily Beast, "In June 1997, police responded to a domestic violence call from Dear’s then-wife, Pam, who told police, per the incident report, that he 'took her keys from her and locked her out of their residence.'" The outlet also notes that per the report, "the victim entered the residence and the suspect then hit her and pushed her out the window."
In 2002, Dear was arrested on "peeping tom" charges, which were ultimately dismissed. In 2003, he was arrested under the suspicion of animal cruelty, which he was found not guilty of.