Man Claims False Arrest In Alleged Road Rage Incident
A 79 year old Potsdam man accused of pointing a gun at another motorist in an alleged road rage incident has filed a notice of claim against the village claiming he was falsely arrested.
Thomas "Larry" Roberts was charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and failing to obey a traffic device following the alleged September 26 incident on Maple Street in Potsdam.
Police say Roberts allegedly cut a female motorist off in traffic and when she followed to confront him, she claims he pointed a handgun at her.
The notice of claim is a legal document that reserves Roberts' right to sue the village.
Court documents claim Roberts was wrongfully charged "by the lack of adequate investigation of the Potsdam Police Department prior to the arrest."
Village officials declined comment.
7 News reporter John Friot contacted Roberts' lawyer, Charles Nash, for comment Tuesday morning. As of 12:30 pm Tuesday, Nash had not responded.
In addition, Friot has contacted the family several times since Roberts' arrest, seeking comment.
Roberts' daughter, Jo Ann, said in a written statement Wednesday, “While I can’t comment on the specific details surrounding my father’s case, due to the pending legal matter, I will say that my father did not have a gun with him on the day in question, and the Potsdam Police officers who made the arrest know this."
"As you can imagine, the past few weeks have been extremely difficult for him and our family; and we look forward to the day that my father’s name is cleared of these charges.”
Monday, February 8, 2016, Watertown, NY
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