Oct 272010
Authors: Rachel Childs

A Fort Collins man was banned from CSU campus after university police arrested him Tuesday night for allegedly sending more than 200 threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend.

Robert Gildea, 21, was taken into custody without resistance at about 8:30 p.m. under suspicion of stalking, harassment, domestic violence and educational interference. Gildea is not a CSU student and does not live on campus.

He also has an arrest warrant from Fort Collins Police Services for a misdemeanor, which was dealt out after missing a court date.

Gildea’s ex-girlfriend, a CSU student and member of campus Greek Life, alerted police at 5:08 p.m. on Tuesday at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Building that she received text messages from Gildea. The police report says he threatened to track her down and kill her in those messages.

Gildea said he and his ex-girlfriend had dated for the past seven months.

The texts said Gildea was headed to a local pawnshop to purchase a gun, then to the Morgan Library to shoot her. Texts also threatened to kill her family if she told anyone, according to the police report.

One message sent Tuesday said, “I’m gonna take cash out of my savings and get a gun. Either you call me right now or I’m ending your life.”

Gildea said his ex-girlfriend never responded to his texts, according to the police report.

According to the same report, after his arrest Gildea told police he “was just being an idiot. I was frustrated and angry, and it was totally out of character.”

CSU sent out a safety alert at about 5:40 p.m., warning students and faculty to watch for Gildea and to call 911 if he was spotted.

CSU Police Department monitored his ex-girlfriend’s residence and the Morgan Library in search of Gildea. They also went to Gildea’s home and his parents’ home.

Sgt. Chris Robertson and officer Paul Ashe apprehended Gildea at the 7/11 convenience store at 6600 College Ave.

The police report says Gildea told authorities he did not have a gun.

His ex-girlfriend was taken to a friend’s house in Fort Collins and made arrangements to file a restraining order against Gildea.

CSUPD issued an exclusionary order, which bans Gildea from setting foot on campus property until notified otherwise by CSUPD police Chief Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt.

Gildea is being detained at Larimer County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond. His next court date is Nov. 2 and the case will be presented to the Larimer County district attorney today.

Crime Beat Reporter Rachel Childs can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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