Grady charged with hate crime

BETHLEHEM — Police this week say they’ve arrested the man who made threatening phone calls in October to Mount Moriah Ministries, a church in Glenmont.

“He threatened to harm and kill members of the congregation based on the allegations they were homosexuals,” said Commander Adam Hornick, spokesman for the Bethlehem Police Department.

Shawn P. Grady, 37, who is homeless, was charged with felony counts of making a terroristic threat, and second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

The aggravated harassment charge is elevated to a felony because of the state’s hate-crime statute, which increases penalties for crimes based on bias against a person’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Police figured out that Grady had made the threatening calls because of an incident in East Greenbush in early November, Hornick said, where Grady had been unruly and made calls to police. That phone number matched the incoming number on calls made to Mount Moriah congregants.

On Friday morning, Jan. 11, Bethlehem Police received a call from the Price Chopper in Glenmont that there was a “despondent individual” in need of an ambulance, said Hornick. That individual was Grady. He was arrested at 11:30 a.m. on the outstanding warrant.

Grady was arraigned at Bethlehem Town Court by Judge Ryan Donovan, and remanded to Albany County’s jail without bail.

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