COLONIE — A 21-year-old Schenectady man was arrested on Monday, Dec. 9 for bringing a shotgun onto the Siena College campus to settle a drug debt.
According to Lt. Robert Winn, on Friday, Dec. 6 public safety personnel at the college received an anonymous tip about a man with a shotgun. The man had left campus, but video surveillance and still images were able to give Colonie police investigators and those from the Capital District Crime Analysis Center enough information to identify the vehicle and the suspect.
Schenectady police arrested Anthony Aunchman at his 1013 Garner Ave. home at around 12:50 a.m. and turned him over to Colonie police. The execution of a search warrant led to the discovery of a sawed off shotgun hidden in the attic of his home. There was a spent shell in the chamber and a loaded live round in the tube, Winn said.
Aunchman went to Siena to try to collect a drug debt owed him by students living in the MacClosky Townhouses, Winn said. He was also there to intimidate/threaten another person regarding an ongoing dispute.
No shots were fired, but several people inside the townhouse did see Aunchman with the shotgun.
Aunchman is not a student at the college. Winn said it is an isolated incident between Aunchman and residents of the townhouse. There was no active threat when officers responded and no continuing threat to the campus.
Aunchman was arraigned in Colonie Town Court on the felonies of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds.
He was sent to the Albany County jail. Bail information was not immediately available.