Police say Schenectady man threatened couple, shot husband
SCHENECTADY A husband and wife walking on Backus Street earlier this month were approached by a man who relayed a blunt statement, authorities said.
“I could kill you both right now,” the man told them.
Feet away, the man then pulled out a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun and fired at the husband, according to an account included in paperwork filed this week in court.
The 28-year-old man was shot three times in the right leg in the Aug. 3 incident and taken to Albany Medical Center, while his wife was uninjured, according to court papers.
Now a city man faces charges in the shooting.
Armando F. Henry, 26, of Van Vranken Avenue, was arrested Monday and ordered held on $50,000 bail. He remained at the Schenectady County jail on Tuesday.
He is accused of opening fire just after 4 p.m. Aug. 3 on Backus Street.
The top charge against him is first-degree assault, a felony. He also faces felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly possessing the gun used to shoot the husband, and first-degree reckless endangerment, accused of causing grave risk of death to the 31-year-old wife by opening fire with her standing next to the victim.
Henry also faces a misdemeanor count of second-degree menacing.
If convicted of the first-degree assault count, he faces up to 25 years in state prison.
Henry has been in trouble with the law before. He was sentenced in 2003 in Schenectady County to three to nine years in state prison on an attempted drug possession conviction, state records show.