A registered sex offender was arrested Monday after he allegedly lunged at three teenage girls in his Elmont neighborhood before threatening to retrieve a knife and then locking himself inside his house for almost four hours, Nassau County police said.
The bizarre incident started at 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 21. Detectives said a 16-year-old girl and two 17-year-old girls were walking to school on Fiedlmere Street in Elmont when they passed the home of Patrick Rogers.
Rogers, 54, a registered Level 3 sex offender, allegedly lunged at the youngest teen as she walked past his home. Police said Rogers then began to yell at the group of girls and began to chase them as they ran away from him down the block. He then allegedly told a neighbor that he was “going to get a knife,” cops said in a news release.
When someone called 911 and police arrived to the scene, they tried to speak with Rogers, but he refused to answer the door, police said. “His reported actions forced officers to surround his residence,” a news release said. The situation continued for more than four hours as police officers attempted to lure Rogers from the home.
Cops finally cuffed Rogers at 12:21 p.m. when he opened the front door. As officers entered the home, they started to smell natural gas and discovered that Rogers had “intentionally” turned on all four burners of his stove.
According to online records, Rogers was convicted in 1984 on charges of first-degree rape after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl using a “knife or cutting instrument.” A judge ordered that he be subject to life-long registration on the state’s sex offender registry.
For the Monday incident, he was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of third-degree menacing.
Police said Rogers was hospitalized Tuesday and would be arraigned at a later date.