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Sheriff's office arrests attempted murder suspect

Sheriff's office arrests attempted murder suspect


Detectives from the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Kalama woman Friday for allegedly planning to murder her estranged husband and two other individuals, according to a press release.

The sheriff’s office began its investigation after a witness reported that Dawn Renee Rolfe, 54, had been surveilling the intended victims, had planned how to kill them and was seeking assistance in carrying out her plan within a specific time frame.

According to the press release, the detectives contacted the victims because they believed there was a credible threat and feared for their safety. Detectives were then able to surveil Rolfe and heard her request to obtain a firearm through illicit means, the sheriff’s office said.

The press release states detectives also heard Rolfe describe the victims’ recent activities at their rural residence and that Rolfe stated her motivation was revenge for her husband leaving her. She reportedly detailed her plan to hire someone to commit the murders and described how she would pay that person. The witness also said Rolfe asked for a pistol and described ways to alter the pistol and how to remove evidence from it.

On Friday, Rolfe was contacted by the witness and told there was a pistol available for her, the press release said. Detectives took Rolfe into custody after she responded to the scene and took possession of the pistol.

Rolfe was booked into Cowlitz County Jail on three counts of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of felony harassment and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

No other details have been released.


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