Schenectady man arraigned for allegedly lying about hate crime

March 21, 2017 06:17 PM

What was originally thought to be a hate crime, may have been a fake crime. A Schenectady man who said he was a victim last month, has now been arraigned for third degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with Andrew King of Schenectady back in February, when he said someone had painted swastikas on his Chiswell Road house. After an investigation, police say it was him.

"I was horrified, I thought to myself, who the heck could do something crazy like this?" said King on February 10.

Sgt Matt Dearing says detectives interviewed neighbors, but couldn't tell us much about what turned them back on to King.  

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"I'm not sure when he became a person of interest. Our detective division did a fantastic job in this case," said Dearing.

Cameras weren't allowed into court for the arraignment. King's face was badly bruised, worse than in his mug shot. He told the court he'd been beaten by police, but Sgt. Dearing says that never happened.

"There was no altercation at all when he was arrested with our officers. Nothing," said Dearing.

We spent the day trying to talk to King to get his side of the story.

As of Tuesday evening, he still hadn't posted the $500 bail. He told officers he'd talk to us, just not when he was behind bars.

King says he is Jewish and attends synagogue occasionally. Schenectady Rabbi Matt Cutler says he is not considered Jewish by the Schenectady Jewish community.

Cutler says he tried to convert in an orthodox Schenectady synagogue a couple years ago. King failed to convert to the faith. When King attends synagogue, he is not counted towards the attendance in order to have a Minyan.

King was also charged with harassment, a violation, for an incident that happened five days after the February 10 swastika incident.  Police say he threatened a Child Protective Services case worker at 620 State Street.


WNYT Staff

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