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Schenectady car theft suspect slips handcuff, charged with escape after brief foot chase, authorities say

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SCHENECTADY – A woman arrested in connection with a Schenectady car theft last week slipped out of a handcuff and led police on a brief foot chase, authorities say.

Natalie M. O’Shaughnessy, 28, of Division Street, Schenectady, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree escape, felonies.

The incident happened last Tuesday just after 3 p.m. at the South Brandywine Avenue Stewart’s, according to police allegations filed in court.

O’Shaughnessy is accused of getting into a running car in front of the Stewart’s and trying to drive off, prosecutor Eamonn Neary said. The vehicle owner, however, was able to stop her.

Responding police took her into custody on the larceny charge, handcuffed her and placed her in the back of a patrol car, Neary said. 

Inside the back of the patrol car, however, O’Shaughnessy “did slip her right hand out of her handcuff and open the rear door” and then fled, according to the police allegations.

Officers chased her and had her back in custody, Neary said.

O’Shaughnessy also faces one count of misdemeanor false personation, accused of giving police a wrong name at the station, and violation harassment, accused of spitting in an officer’s face at the station, according to the police allegations.

O’Shaughnessy was arraigned and ordered held on $10,000 bail.

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