An Albany man is arraigned on Wednesday after he tried to abduct two women in broad daylight. YNN's Megan Cruz reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- An Albany man is arraigned on Wednesday after he tried to abduct two women in broad daylight.
Anthony Collins, 54, is charged with kidnapping, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon. He plead not guilty, and is due back in court on Friday.
According to police, both incidents happened early Friday morning at 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. They said Collins approached the women at the bus stop on the corner of Western Avenue and Partridge Street.
The bus stop is right in the vicinity of St. Rose and UAlbany's campuses. Police said Collins held the first woman at knife point and started to walk away with her until another person intervened.
"Bystander intervention is actually something we do talk about a lot here at the University. It's important that everyone in the community find a way to engage positively to prevent negative things from happening," said Inspector Aran Mull, University Police Department Public Information Officer. "It's challenging as a police officer to recommend that someone step forward and put themselves in danger. What I can say is in this case what he did helped someone, definitely kept them from being taken out of the area, and potentially something much worse."
Officers are asking the two victims and any others to come forward in order to bring more serious charges against Collins.
Anyone with information can call University at Albany Police Department at (518)442-3131.