Colonie police investigating possible hate crime at Crossings park

August 21, 2019 12:00 AM

Colonie police are investigating a possible hate crime at the Crossings on Albany Shaker Road.

Rashad Mohamed Benantar said in a Facebook post that he was at the playground with his nephews Monday night when a man began yelling slurs and insulting them.

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Captured on a cell phone video, a man was can be heard stating "this is our country."

It's not shown what took place before or after the video, but according to Benantar's Facebook page, the man was making disparaging remarks about Benantar's Muslim faith. He allegedly said, "you came here today to die, you're going to die." 

The Capital District Crime Analysis Center along with State Police were also provided images of the man's large white Mercedes Benz SUV. By Tuesday evening, he was identified and interviewed by Colonie Police. 

Police tell us they're still investigating, but say the man could be charged with aggravated harassment. 


Karen Tararache

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