Seneca Falls man accused of hitting man on sidewalk with car near school

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Seneca Falls man is facing charges after police say he drove over the sidewalk to hit another person with his vehicle near the Mynderse Academy High School complex.

It happened just after 1 p.m. Monday on Mynderse Street in Seneca Falls.

Police say no students or staff at Mynderse Academy were involved in the incident, but because it was so close to the school, a "hold in place" was called until the situation was investigated.

Aaron J. Bates, 21, is accused of intentionally hitting the person with his car, and displaying a knife in a threatening fashion. Police say Bates did know the victim, and it was not a random attack.

He was taken into custody by a School Resource Officer without incident, police say.

The victim was not injured and refused medical attention according to police.

Bates was charged with one count of second degree reckless endangerment, two counts of second degree menacing and one count of driving a motor vehicle on/across the sidewalk.

He was arraigned in the Seneca County Correctional Facility and is due back in Town of Seneca Falls Court at a later date.