ALBANY, N.Y.-- An Albany man pleaded guilty Monday to the attempted abduction of a SUNY student in October 2013.
Anthony Collins, 54, 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.
In a documentary made last year by Shannon Straney, she says she interviewed the 54-year old who opened up about his mental illness, sharing that he's a diagnosed Schizoaffective with anxiety and polysubstance abuse issues.
"I am on anti-psychotic medication because I do show signs of you know psycho social behavior you know it's not just the bipolarism. I'm out there for the most part with a lot of things that I think about and do and say. There is an edge to me that is rough, very, very rough. You got to deal with the deck of cards your dealt. I'm probably the most normal crazy guy you know," he stated during the interview.
"I've always enjoyed myself in life, even though I have a debilitating mental illness I don't let it hold me back. I don't sit at the bus stop and scream from the mountaintop you know I'm certifiably crazy," he continued. "I'm probably the most normal crazy guy you know and I say if I'm crazy everybody's -- crazy because I feel I'm normal. I just have an illness."
Collins faces up to 12 years in State Prison and will remain in custody until his sentencing on March 10, 2014.
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