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Local man arrested twice in three weeks for alleged knife threats

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ROBERTS — Deputies in Jefferson County arrested a Roberts man for a second time in less than a month for allegedly threatening others with a knife.

The latest incident happened on April 1, according to charging documents obtained by EastIdahoNews.com. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was told Rogelio Daniel Alvarez, 33, threatened two young men with a knife. Alvarez is now charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault.

Deputies found the reported victims who said they were walking from the Teton Truck Stop when a man in a black hoodie approached them. When the victims told Alvarez to leave them alone, he is alleged to have threatened to shoot them, according to police reports.

Alvarez, who the victims described as “higher than a kite,” held a knife and threatened to stab them, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Fearing for their lives, the victims ran away and saw Alvarez go to his home near a church. Alvarez then got into his white Chevy pickup truck and began to drive around.

On April 2, the young men picked Alvarez out of a photo lineup. Deputies were aware of Alvarez from a March 14 incident similar to what the latest victims experienced. Police requested a warrant for Alvarez and he was arrested booked into the Jefferson County Jail.

In the earlier incident, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was called to a report of a man making threats with a knife. According to court documents, Alvarez had threatened a young man and his little brother at a park nearby the April incident.

The victims reported seeing Alvarez pull up in the white pickup then got out. While yelling profanities, this set of victims also said Alvarez threatened to kill them with a knife. One of the victims pulled out his phone and started recording a video.

Deputies spoke with Alvarez in March and he told them he pulled the knife out at “random people like always,” according to court documents. He was charged with assault and posted bail before the second encounter.

With the latest felony charge, Alvarez posted $20,000 bail after his initial court appearance. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 13.

Although Alvarez is accused of crimes it does not necessarily mean he committed them. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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