Police: Man charged with kidnapping in Schenectady; Also faces weapons counts

Schenectady Police

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SCHENECTADY – A city man is facing kidnapping and weapons counts, accused of restraining and threatening a woman in Schenectady last week, authorities said.

Clarence Stanford, 25, of Emmett Street, was charged last week with one count each of second-degree kidnapping and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies, records show.

Stanford is accused of restraining a woman in a domestic dispute Aug. 12 at an address on Parkwood Boulevard and threatening her with deadly physical force, according to police allegations filed in court.

The allegations of restraint and threat of deadly physical force meet the legal requirements for the second-degree kidnapping charge, a prosecutor said this week.

Stanford is also accused of illegally possessing two firearms, a loaded .357 Smith and Wesson and a loaded North American Arms 22 Magnum, according to the police allegations.

In addition to the felony counts, Stanford faces misdemeanor unlawful imprisonment and menacing counts, records show.

If convicted on the kidnapping charge, the top count against him, Stanford would face up to 25 years in state prison.

Stanford was arrest that evening, arraigned and ordered held on $250,000 bail. He remained in custody Thursday.


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