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Arrests made in terrifying road rage incident

May 18, 2018 11:27 AM

It was a bizarre case of road rage that shook up a mother and son in Albany County. Now, two people face charges.

Police say 50-year-old Phillip Quandt Jr., and 51-year-old Kristen Wright are both charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and menacing charges for their roles in the incident that started on Alternate 7 and continued onto the Northway a week ago.

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NewsChannel 13 spoke with Natia Shim, one of the victims in this case earlier this week. Shim says she and her son were headed to Latham to fill out job applications as her son is set to graduate from high school in a just a few weeks.

Shim says a truck cut them off at the exit ramp to Latham and at least five people -- three men and two women got out and started attacking the car. They destroyed her mirrors, smashed a window with a frying pan and were hitting the car with bats, all while yelling out racial slurs. Her son was able to eventually maneuver and get away. That's when they called 911 and state police began investigating.

Shim says while she was being interviewed by police, seven eyewitnesses called in to corroborate the story. Then, she says a call came in from the perpetrators admitting they did it.

Shim says the callers said they thought their car was involved in a robbery in Watervliet in which a radio was stolen. Shim says they caused at least $3,000 in damage to the car. She also said she doesn't feel safe living in her home. She says the same vehicle drove past her house on Sunday. Police have issued orders of protection for Shim and her son.

NewsChannel 13 is trying to get in touch with state police to see why no one was charged with a hate crime. We're checking to see if that's still a possibility or if any other people may be arrested.

We're also working to get in touch with Shim for reaction.

State police are asking anyone with information on the investigation to contact them at (518) 783-3211.

The incident terrorized a mother and her 17-year-old son. Emily Burkhard will update the investigation starting Live at 4.

Posted by WNYT NewsChannel 13 onThursday, May 17, 2018

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