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Police: Woman filed false report about racial road rage

June 14, 2018 11:24 AM

Two more people have been charged in connection with a road rage incident that happened on Route 7 last month. One of them initially claimed to be a victim, on Wednesday New York State Police said that isn't true.

Natia Shim, 35, of Troy, initially told police and NewsChannel 13 that she was in the car with her son when they were attacked and called racial slurs by a group of people claiming to be white supremacists. State police told a different story on Wednesday.

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"'Mommy, mommy, they're going to kill us, they're going to kill us,' you know, and I'm just sitting there like, 'Just go,' and I'm ducking down in the seat,” Shim told NewsChannel 13 on May 16.

But New York State Police say she was never there.

"This is not a hate crime. It's not considered a hate crime," Maj. Robert Patenaude said. "The statements that Ms. Shim made were not true because she wasn't there."

Shim was arrested and charged with making a false written statement.

Police say 21-year-old Logan Tardiff of Halfmoon was also charged with reckless endangerment and menacing. He is one of four people arrested and charged for their involvement in the incident.

Police have also charged Phillip Quandt Jr., Kristen Wright, and Christopher Allen with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and menacing in connection to the case.

Patenaude said police knew something was suspicious right off the bat. He said they took their time to investigate and were criticized for it.

"It's unfortunate because it caused a lot of angst in the community, the statements she made,” Patenaude. “The African American community locally was very upset, rightfully so, but we determined that in fact, it wasn't true."

Shim told NewsChannel 13 her son was targeted because he was driving a truck that looked similar to one involved in stealing a radio in Watervliet the day before.

"All they should've did was call us, get a plate number, we would've tracked them down, seen if they were involved in the Watervliet incident and done the appropriate investigation. But they took matters into their own hands and now four of them are facing charges for it," Patenaude said.

Patenaude said police do not know if Shim's son was involved in the Watervliet robbery because it's a separate case being handled by Watervliet Police.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to Shim for comment this evening but did not hear back.

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