MONTROSE — A woman suffering from an unknown medical condition allegedly kidnapped a motorist with a weapon in downtown Montrose Monday morning, demanding a ride to Walmart. She was arrested a short time later.
According to an arrest affidavit, Amy Rossett, 38, of Montrose was arrested on charges of first-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, felony menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and theft under $500. She was booked into the Montrose County Jail under a $125,000 bond.
Rossett was arrested Monday at 11:36 a.m. by officers as she walked southbound on South Townsend Avenue, an hour after a motorist said Rossett forced her at gunpoint to drive her to Walmart.
At 10:30 a.m., the victim was driving her truck westbound on South Fifth Street near the Montrose Memorial Hospital when she spotted a female in the roadway on Nevada Ave. According to the arrest affidavit, the motorist stopped because Rossett “appeared to be hurt,” and she was concerned for Rossett’s well being.
“It appeared to the victim this person needed some assistance,” said Montrose Police Department Commander Gene Lillard, of the motorist’s decision to stop and help.
The motorist exited her vehicle and went over to check on Rossett, who had one hand down by her side; when Rossett raised her arm, she held a black handgun, which she pointed at the motorist. The victim said the gun was 6-7 inches long.
“She could not describe the gun any further, but when it was pointed at her, she knew it was a gun,” according to the affidavit.
Rossett then forced the victim back into her truck and demanded a ride to Walmart. Once there Rossett got out of the vehicle with a black gun and the victim’s cell phone, placing both items in her black purse.
“She was a good Samaritan trying to help a out a fellow human being, and the suspect threatened her with a weapon and made her drive to a store on the south side of town,” Lillard said.
The victim then left the Walmart parking lot, and was reportedly hysterical when she contacted police officers.
Rossett, still in the parking lot, walked up to another motorist and asked for a ride; its driver said he was waiting for his girlfriend when “an unknown female came up to his vehicle asking for a ride.”
The motorist told investigators he thought the female was “tweaking,” and that she then walked away.
At 11:01 a.m. officers, advised of a possible strong-arm robbery, were dispatched to the area, and found Rossett off the southbound lane of Townsend, in front of a tire store parking lot.
Officers did not find any weapons on Rossett, and detectives are searching for the weapon and the victim’s cell phone.
Both motorists confirmed Rossett as the suspect from a photo line-up, whereupon Rossett was advised of her rights and requested an attorney. Family members told officers Rossett was “prone to have violent outbursts and she will attack people.”
In 2008 Rossett was convicted of a felony for possession of dangerous drugs, and in 2011 she was convicted of felony criminal impersonation.
Rossett is scheduled to appear in court this week.