Man Charged in Road Rage Incident

Cortlandt man allegedly returned to scene with baseball bat

New York State Police troopers arrested a Cortlandt man on Wednesday (July 24) after he allegedly threatened road construction workers with a baseball bat.

Rafael V. Bermejo, 44, was charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

According to the state police, at about 6:40 p.m., troopers were called to Oregon Road by Bermejo, who said a flagger at a construction site had struck and damaged his car. The flagger, Troy Brooks, 25, of Corning, said Bermejo had disobeyed his directions and aggressively driven through the construction zone. Brooks allegedly struck Bermejo’s vehicle as Bermejo drove through the zone.

Police said Bermejo left the scene to drop his young child off at home, unsupervised, and returned to the construction site with a baseball bat and threatened workers there.

Bermejo and Brooks, who was charged with criminal mischief, were each issued tickets to appear in Cortlandt town court on Aug. 1.