Man sentenced to prison for attempted UAlbany abduction

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Updated: 3/10 1:51 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – An Albany has been sentenced to 12 years in State Prison after pleading guilty to the attempted abduction of a SUNY student in October 2013.

Albany County DA David Soares said they Anthony Collins, 54, was sentenced to State Prison, followed by five years of Post Release Supervision on Monday morning.

In January, Collins pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Kidnapping in the second degree, a felony.

On October 4, 2013, Collins allegedly attempted to abduct a victim by directing her to walk in the direction of his residence while holding a knife to her back. Another UAlbany student, Joseph Jackson, intervened and the woman was able to get on the bus and away from the area.

Police said he allegedly attempted to abduct another female student at the bus stop near Waterbury Hall. In that attempt, police say no knife was displayed, he was unable to get behind the woman and the woman left safely. The second victim never came forward and charges were never filed in that case.

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