Hudson Valley Mom Goes Viral for Protecting Local Dutchess County Students
A Hudson Valley mom is going viral for protecting students from an alleged stalker.
Alleged Student Stalker Arrested in Fishkill, NY
On September 17th, Cesar Rojas, 33 from Yonkers, New York was "placed in custody by the East Fishkill Police Patrol Division." Rojas was then charged with Stalking 4th Degree and arraigned.
The press release goes on to explain:
Mr. Rojas was released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket and served with an order of protection mandating him to stay away from the victim and the victim’s school.
According to a press release from The East Fishkill Police Department, back on September 12th, they had received a complaint regarding a "a suspicious male that approached a female student across from John Jay High School."
After the initial contact, the male suspect reportedly followed the female student in his car and then proceeded to approach "two other female students in an area off campus the same day."
Recently a video from that day of an encounter between a mother and the alleged stalker has gone viral on social media.
Hudson Valley Mother Seen Protecting Students on TikTok
The account @DutchessMami on TikTok uploaded a video back on September 27th. In the video, you can see her yelling at the driver of a white vehicle.
In the caption, the mother writes:
THIS IS ME CONFRONTING A #PRWDARO at OUR LOCAL #HIGHSCHOOL IT lead to an arrest. This man asked several female students at our local hight school to get in his vehicle. he stalked one student for 40 mins. while I was there. the student voice concern so I rose to the occasion which led to his arrest!!!
You can watch the video below. As a courtesy, we want to inform you that the video does contain some profanity:
Parents React on Social Media
The video has been viewed over 700,000 times and shared over 7,000 times. An account on Instagram called @themontaukaffect also shared the video and received a little over 4,000 comments. Many of them applaud the mother for stepping up and saying something when others turn the other way.
One commenter said:
I love this new society of women sticking up for women and children because most men won't.
This healed something in me fr
You can read more comments on the reposted reel from Instagram below.
We've reached out to the Hudson Valley mother for comment and have yet to hear back at this time.
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