Kidnapping charge added for suspect in Albany abduction attempts

October 9, 2013
Updated 11:50 p.m.
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— The Albany man arrested Tuesday in connection with the attempted abductions of two college-age women has had second-degree kidnapping added to the list of charges against him, police said.

Anthony D. Collins, 54, was charged Tuesday with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

Police said he tried to abduct the women Friday morning in separate incidents at a bus stop near Waterbury Hall, which is in the Alumni Quad on the University at Albany’s downtown campus off Western Avenue, police said.

The first attempt occurred at 7:55 a.m., when police said Collins pulled a knife on a woman but was distracted by a UAlbany student who intervened. The victim was able to get on the bus and get away.

The second incident occurred around 8:30 a.m., according to police. In that case, the victim reportedly spotted Collins as he approached and reacted by facing him and backing away.

The identities of the victims were not known at the time of Collins’ arrest, but since then, police said one of them has come forward.

According to Aran Mull, an inspector for the New York State University Police, the woman is a college student living in Albany. No further information about her was released.

No evidence has been obtained that links Friday’s attempted abductions to the disappearances decades ago of UAlbany students Suzanne Lyall and Karen Wilson, but the possibility is being investigated, Mull said.

Lyall went missing in March 1998 and Wilson in March 1985.

According to Mull, Collins was living in Albany at the time of both disappearances.

Collins was arraigned Wednesday morning and sent to the Albany County Jail without bail.

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