Posted at: 10/09/2013 11:37 AM
| Updated at: 10/09/2013 12:27 PM
By: Dan Bazile
Anthony Collins, 54, of Albany is charged with kidnapping, menacing and criminal possession.
ALBANY - The man accused of trying to abduct two women on the University at Albany's downtown campus faced a judge Wednesday morning. Anthony Collins was arraigned on kidnapping, menacing and criminal possession charges.
One of the two female victims came forward. That's why Collins is now looking at a kidnapping charge.
He pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
The 54-year-old Albany man went into City Court for his arraignment without saying a word to reporters.
He was arrested Tuesday.
The incident happened last Friday at a bus stop on Western Avenue. Police say it was caught on video where Collins tried to kidnap a woman at knifepoint. They say he grabbed her hand and placed a large silver knife to her back. A college student intervened, allowing the victim to run away.
Collins then approached a second woman, according to police. She also got away.
Police would only describe the first victim as a college student. There is no word on where she goes to school. They say she came forward after seeing reports about the incident on the news. She's the reason why University police were able to tack on the kidnapping charge.
Collins is now locked up in the Albany County Jail.