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[Update] Man Wearing Christmas Sweater Attempts Abduction Near SUNY, Arrested

Updated Oct. 9, 6:30 a.m. – There has been an arrest of someone who allegedly attempted to abduct two women near the bus stope on Western Avenue near Partridge Street in Albany, near Waterbury Hall.Fifty-four-year-old Anthony Collins was arrested at his home in Albany. He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of menacing.

In the story from News 10 ABC, someone emailed the University Police about the attempted abductions on Monday, even though the alleged attempts were made on Friday. The College Of Saint Rose Public Safety was called in to investigate, along with the Albany police and the Albany Crime Analysis Center. There are now more patrols in the area of both campuses – SUNY and St. Rose.

There is surveillance video of both incidents and authorities have been trying to find the victims.

Community members have been reminded to not walk alone, and walk with friends. Also, make sure that you are always aware of what’s going on around you and your surroundings. For anyone in that area, you can always call the Albany Police Department if you’re suspicious of anyone at 518-458-5660.


Original Story

Two female students from State University Of New York at Albany were almost abducted on Oct. 4.
It happened at the bus stop near Waterbury Hall on Western Avenue.

Abduction Suspect
UAlbany Police

In a story from News 10 ABC, University Police got a description of the man. He’s about 50 years old, was wearing running pants and a “Christmas” sweater.

He allegedly used a knife in an attempt to abduct one of the students. The first student was approached at about 8 a.m., but another student stepped in to help and the woman was able to get away from the man.

The second attempted abduction happened around 8:30 a.m. That woman also got away from him. University Police are now working with The Albany Police Department. The man is in custody, and is being questioned.

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