REPORT: Colorado Springs Gunman Registered to Vote as ‘Unaffiliated Female,’ Was ‘Unknown’ to Pro-Lifers in Area

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

**UPDATE** On December 1, The Gazette updated their report on Colorado Springs gunman Robert Lewis Dear to show that his registration to vote as a “female” was due to an El Paso County clerical error.

El Paso County chief deputy clerk and recorder Ryan Parsell said Dear was “erroneously” issued “a driver’s license and a voter registration card identifying him as a woman.” Parsell said Dear went to a Department of Motor Vehicles office and corrected the record on his driver’s license, but when he mailed in the paperwork to change his voter registration status he wrote so lightly that the “Change in Voter Registration” request was rejected as unintentional. 

The gunman who opened fire in a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Friday was “unknown” to pro-lifers in the area and registered to vote as an “unaffiliated female” rather than a Democrat or Republican.

On November 27, Breitbart News reported that gunman Robert Lewis Dear surrendered to Colorado Springs police around 4:52, following five hours of exchanging intermittent gunfire with police. Two civilians and University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) police officer Garrett Swasey were killed during Dear’s attack.

According to The Gazette, Colorado Springs Respect Life’s (CSRL) Joseph Martone Jr. said Dear is “unknown” to the group. CSRL is a pro-life group that “meets twice weekly at the Planned Parenthood for Mass on the mornings the clinic reportedly does surgical abortions.”

Martone said, “Nobody seems to know him.”

Fifty-seven-year-old Dear “originally was from South Carolina and also lived in North Carolina.” He has arrest records in both states–including animal cruelty in 2002, peeping Tom charges in 2002, and allegedly pushing his wife “out of a window” in 1997–but charges against him were dropped or dismissed in all cases.

He is registered to vote in Park County, Colorado, and The Gazette reports that his voter registration has him listed as an “Unaffiliated female” voter instead of a Democrat or Republican. Dear’s voter registration on Colorado Voters Info lists his gender as “female.”

The Associated Press reports that Dear spent part of his time in North Carolina living “in a cabin with no electricity or running water.”

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