28 October 2019
 
  NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
  Major Douglas R. Keyer Jr.
   Troop T Commander
 
 



PRESS RELEASE
 



Danube, NY - On October 26, 2019 at approximately 3:30 p.m., State Police
were called to the Indian Castle Service Area in the town of Danube in response to a male attacking a woman with a crowbar and destroying her cell phone.  The woman had been traveling on the New York State Thruway in a tractor trailer being driven by her father when another tractor trailer reportedly almost sideswiped them.  As they continued past the tractor trailer being driven by Michael E. Severin, 59, of Jordan, NY, the woman observed him talking on his cell phone.  She took a picture of him with her cell phone and planned to report the driver’s inattention. 
 
Approximately 60 miles later, the woman and her father entered the Indian Castle Service Area and parked when moments later, Severin pulled his tractor trailer in sideways in front of their truck, blocking them in.  The woman was outside of her truck and began recording Severin’s actions, when he used a crowbar to swing at her, causing her to drop her phone and retreat to her truck.  He then used the crowbar to destroy the cell phone and ran back to his truck after a witness began to yell at him. 
 
Severin was later stopped on the Thruway about 40 miles east of the incident where he was taken into custody.  He was transported to SP Schuyler where he was charged with Menacing 2nd degree and Criminal Mischief 4th degree; both Class A Misdemeanors.  Severin was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Danube Court on November 18, 2019.   

 
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