New York man charged with hate crime after shouting racial slurs in road rage incident
- A man who claimed to be an ‘off-duty trooper’ has been charged with a hate crime following a racist road rage incident.
- The man, identified by police as William J. Ryan, was arrested on a charge of second-degree threat as a hate crime.
- Robert McLymore, a lieutenant and pastor, said Ryan shouted racial slurs and threatened to “cut” him with a box cutter.
A New York man has been charged with a hate crime following a racist road rage incident that was caught on camera.
The man, identified by police as 60-year-old William J. Ryan, claimed to be an ‘off-duty trooper’ in Newburgh on June 11 when he intercepted Robert McLymore and his 18-year-old son, throwing racial slurs at the pair, who are black.
“I’m an off-duty soldier, you stupid asshole,” Ryan told McLymore, according to video of the incident. “You will never be white! You will never be white!”
McLymore, a pastor and lieutenant with the Wallkill City Police Department, told CNN the encounter began when a man, later identified by police as Ryan, driving a red truck became angry and drove away. sped around him after McLymore slowed his car to let another car pass him.
When McLymore pulled up next to Ryan to ask about the altercation, Ryan said, “I thought you were letting me go ahead of you,” then began yelling at McLymore and his son, CNN reported. , citing a police report of the incident.
“He parked his car and started walking over to mine with a box cutter. He yelled at me, ‘I’m going to cut you, you fucking motherfucker,’ McLymore told CNN, adding that he was before he pulled out his phone and started recording. He tried to defuse the situation by driving away and parking in a parking lot, but Ryan followed him, he told the point. of sale.
Ryan reportedly accosted McLymore a second and third time in about 15 minutes, CNN reported. During the final altercation, Ryan again approached the vehicle and threatened to stab McLymore while brandishing a sharp weapon. CNN saw video of the incident, the outlet reported.
“I was in shock. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me, and I’ve lived here for 45 years,” McLymore told the outlet. “Nothing like this has ever happened.”
A New York State Police spokesperson told CNN that Ryan was not a New York State Trooper and was not affiliated with “any law enforcement agency.”
According to a news release from the Newburgh Police Department, Ryan was arrested for threatening in the second degree as a hate crime, which is a Class E felony.
“Mr. Ryan will be held accountable for his criminal acts and deplorable speech,” Chief Anthony Geraci said. “His racist threats were not only detrimental to the victim in this case, but resonated deep within our city.”
McLymore shared the arrest on his Facebook page for his church.
“Although there was an arrest, just give me a minute to recover!! And no, I’m not fine but I’ll be better with the strength of God! I still have to process,” McLymore posted on Facebook .
CNN reported that Ryan pleaded not guilty during his arrangement. Insider could not reach Ryan’s attorney on Saturday.