Criminal charges are possible for a man who allegedly threatened to kill police during a weekend standoff.
Newark Police Chief Dave Christler said the incident started about 10 p.m. Friday, after a counselor with the Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency told police that Richard A. Rodas Jr. was suffering from mental health issues and made statements about harming himself or others.
Newark police responded, along with FLACRA personnel, to Rodas’ apartment on East Union Street to check on his welfare. Christler said Rodas, 40, was highly agitated and yelling profanities from a window.
Christler said Rodas picked up what appeared to be a large kitchen knife and said he would kill anyone who went into his apartment. Newark police asked for assistance from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and state police.
The building was secured and East Union Street closed by police. Christler said a crisis negotiator from the sheriff’s office tried unsuccessfully to talk to Rodas.
A remote camera was later inserted into Rodas’ home by the sheriff’s office, and Christler said Rodas could be seen drinking heavily and consuming large quantities of his medications. When the camera showed Rodas was asleep about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, officers entered the apartment and secured him without injury.