A man accused of killing three people and injuring nine others at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic last week has ties to South Carolina, according to numerous media reports.
57-year-old Robert Dear is charged with killing two civilians and a police officer at a Colorado Springs clinic on November 27. Colorado Springs Police have not yet given a motive for Dear’s actions, although the city’s mayor told the Associated Press the public can make “inferences” due to “where (the attack) took place.”
The New York Times tracked down Dear’s ex-wife — who lives in Goose Creek. The woman told the paper that Dear was originally from Charleston, but had grown up in Louisville before moving back to the Lowcountry. His last known addresses were in Colorado and near Asheville, N.C.
Dear got married in the late 1980s and eventually moved to Colleton County. Deputies there provided the online news site Buzzfeed with an incident report that showed the pair had a domestic incident at their Walterboro home in 1997 (South Carolina Radio Network has decided not to name the ex-wife for this reason). According to the incident report, Dear’s then-wife told the responding deputy that her husband had locked her out of their home, then hit her and pushed her out a window when she tried to enter.
She considered the incident minor and did not want to press charges. The couple divorced three years later.
In 2002, Dear was arrested and charged as a “peeping Tom,” according to court documents. Another Colleton County incident report said Dear’s married female neighbor had caught him hiding in her bushes and looking into her home on two separate occasions. The charge was dismissed after a restraining order was issued, the records stated.
Dear eventually moved to Black Mountain, North Carolina.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Dear was being held without bond over the weekend, according to Mayor Suthers.