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Suspect arrested in connection to attempted abduction reported at UAlbany

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Police at the University at Albany say they have arrested a man who currently attempted to abduct two female students at the bus stop near Waterbury Hall on Friday morning.

Police say they were notified on Monday that around 7:55 a.m. on October 4th, a white male, approximately 50-years of age wearing running pants and a "Christmas" sweater, and used a knife to attempt to abduct a student. Another UAlbany student intervened and the woman was able to get on the bus and away from the area.

Then around 8:30 a.m. police say the man again appeared to attempt an abduction of 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.

Police have arrested 54-year-old Anthony Collins of Albany. He was arrested at his home and charged with two counts of Menacing and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.

University Police say they were notified about the incidents on Monday by someone who emailed them. They are now working with the Albany Police Department, the Albany Crime Analysis Center and College of Saint Rose Public Safety to investigate the incident. Patrols have also been increased in the area.

Authorities are still attempting to locate the victims, and they do have surveillance video of the incidents.

Police remind community members to not walk alone; walk with friends when possible. Also, if you see something, say something. Be aware of your surroundings. Report any suspicious persons or activity to UPD at (518) 442-3131 or APD at (518) 458-5660.

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