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79-year-old Missoula man charged with stalking

Posted at 4:39 AM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 06:39:14-05
Roderick Adolph Pahl
Roderick Adolph Pahl

MISSOULA – A Missoula man is in jail for violating a protection order filed by a woman who said the defendant was going to kidnap her and “stick needles into” her.

Roderick Adolph Pahl, 79, is charged with one felony count of stalking.

According to court documents, on Dec.14 the woman obtained an order of protection against Pahl in municipal court.

The underlying allegations for the order detailed Pahl had threatened to hurt the woman in the past by kidnapping her and threatening to “stick needles” into her.

The woman indicated that Pahl’s actions had recently escalated, leaving the woman fearful that the defendant would actually follow through on these threats and cause her bodily harm.

On Dec. 23, Pahl left a letter in the woman’s mailbox in violation of the protection order.

In the letter, he told her he was the incarnation of two serial killers, Wayne Nance and Jeffery Dahmer, and that “nothing will protect you” and “you will never be safe anywhere.”

On Christmas Day, Pahl called the woman multiple times. He continued to call, a violation of the order, even after she blocked his number.

Missoula police officers spoke to Pahl, who admitted to making the calls but claimed he was unaware the protection order was in place.

On Jan. 7, Pahl retrieved his vehicle from the Missoula Police Department. When speaking with the official, Pahl told him he was going to “kidnap” the woman and “poke her with needles.”

Pahl also told the official the woman “is the most evil person in the world.”

In court documents, the woman indicated to police that she was at her “wit’s end” regarding Pahl and the stress of his threats was “killing her.”

The woman reported she had lost weight since Pahl started threatening her, had trouble sleeping and described herself as a “basket case” knowing Pahl was out of custody and able to access her home.

Pahl is currently in the Missoula County Detention Facility.