Schenectady man accused of bringing gun to collect drug debt from Siena student

Anthony J. Aunchman charged with illegal possession of a shotgun
Anthony J. Aunchman, left, and a scene from video surveillance.
Anthony J. Aunchman, left, and a scene from video surveillance.

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A Schenectady man faces charges in connection with his alleged visit to a Siena College student townhouse to collect a drug debt, according to Colonie Town Police.

Anthony J. Aunchman, 21, was charged with illegal possession of a shotgun.

Police gave the following account:

Around 7:30 p.m. Friday, Siena Public Safety personnel notified the Colonie Police Department that they had received an anonymous email about a subject observed on campus with a shotgun.

The seized illegal shotgun.

The anonymous tip indicated that Aunchman had left campus and Public Safety was able to verify, via video surveillance, that he had a weapon while on campus.

Responding officers, Siena Public Safety and the Capital District Crime Analysis Center were able to identify Aunchman and his vehicle from the video. The investigation revealed that he is not a Siena student, but was familiar with several subjects living in the MacClosky Townhouses on campus.

Aunchman allegedly went to the Siena student townhouse in an effort to collect an outstanding drug debt from one person and to also intimidate and threaten another person in regard to an on-going dispute, said police. No shots were fired, but several people inside the townhouse did observe the subject with the shotgun, police said.

This was an isolated incident between Aunchman and the residents of one specific townhouse, said police, and there was no active threat when officers responded and no continuing threat to the campus.

Aunchman was located at 12:53 a.m. when the Schenectady Police Department found his vehicle unoccupied on Garner Avenue. The shotgun was located hidden inside the attic of 1013 Garner Ave., police said.

The shotgun was sawed-off, was found with a spent shell in the chamber, and was loaded with a live shell in the tube. Aunchman was arraigned in Colonie Justice Court and sent to the Albany County Correctional Facility. 

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