(HEMPSTEAD, LONG ISLAND) – He faked his own death, pleaded guilty to those charges and now 48-year-old Raymond Roth is accused of attempting to lure a woman into his van. Roth appeared subdued in court and his attorney was concerned he may even attempt to take his own
Roth is charged with one count of criminal impersonation, one count of attempted kidnapping and one count of attempted burglary.
Roth’s own attorney, Brian Davis, was surprised by the accusations against his client.
“I didn’t believe it at first. I talked to my client. He denied it,” said Davis.
A denial, but surveillance images were hard to ignore. Roth was arrested yesterday for an incident police say took place last Thursday on March 21, just hours after being sentenced to 90 days behind bars for faking his own drowning last summer. Police say Roth allegedly chased a woman with his car, tried to get her to get in his white van and repeatedly told her he was a police officer. The woman ran into a Freeport check cashing store, but surveillance footage showed Roth following. Once inside, he told employees he was trying to arrest the woman. No one believed him and eventually called 911.
Nassau County police also said they were looking into two separate incidents, also in Freeport,possibly involving Roth. In both cases one at the end of February and the other on March 16, where he again allegedly attempted to force women into his white van.
Roths attorney says his client has some serious psychiatric issues an aside from his diabetes medication he is on more than 10 psychotropic forms of mediation. Roth even admitted to his attorney he tried to hurt himself while in police custody Wednesday night, which is why Davis has asked Roth be placed on suicide watch.
Roth was not granted bail and is due back in court April 24th.AlertMe