|Police: Accused Times Square Assault Driver Threatened A Notary With A Knife|
By David Thun on June 06, 2017 in Notary News
Police: Accused Times Square Assault Driver Threatened A Notary With A Knife
The world knows Richard Rojas as the man accused of driving his car down a crowded Times Square sidewalk last month, killing one person and injuring a score of others. But a week earlier he was charged with threatening a Notary with a knife, according to police and media reports.
Rojas, a former Navy serviceman, was charged with murder and attempted murder after careening his Honda Accord along more than three blocks of sidewalks in the iconic New York City district on May 18, according to media reports.
On May 11, a mobile Notary came to Rojasí Bronx apartment to notarize several documents for him. A New York Police Department spokesperson said Rojas allegedly grabbed the Notary by the neck, brandished a knife and said, ďDo you feel safe? You stole my identity.Ē
The Notary was able to get out of the apartment and promptly called the police. Rojas was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. The New York Times reported that Rojas pleaded guilty to harassment and was released from custody.
This was just one of numerous run-ins with law enforcement Rojas had, and he had shown signs of other mental health issues, the Times reported.
Unfortunately, the Rojas attack isnít the first time Notaries have been threatened on assignment. Many Notaries have shared stories with the NNA about angry or threatening signers, ranging from a real estate agent who tried to stop a Notary from leaving to a signer who held a Notary at gunpoint.
Situations like these show why itís so important for Notaries to take safety precautions while traveling to and from assignments. Precautions such as keeping a mobile phone charged and ready with you and always letting someone know where you have gone are crucial. And Notaries should never put themselves in danger to complete an assignment ó if you feel you are at risk, get to safety as soon as possible.