Schenectady County DA: Man sentenced in pistol threat, intentional crash case; Officer drew weapon

Anthony Nesbitt - Credit: Schenectady County District Attorney's Office

Anthony Nesbitt - Credit: Schenectady County District Attorney's Office

SCHENECTADY – A local man was sentenced for making a threat with a pistol and intentionally causing a car crash, the Schenectady County District Attorney’s office reported.

Anthony Nesbitt, age unavailable, was sentenced to a term of 4 to 8 years in state prison on first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree attempted assault convictions.

Nesbitt faced an 11-count indictment for crimes committed on multiple dates, officials said. The contempt count stemmed from a Sept. 12 incident in which he displayed what appeared to be a pistol and made threats to someone. He did so while also violating an order of protection, officials said.

Nesbitt also intentionally backed his car into the victim’s car, causing extensive damage the vehicle, officials said.

Schenectady police officers and state police aircraft responded and located Nesbitt in the backyard of a house.

“At that point, Mr. Nesbitt reached for what appeared to be a pistol in his waistband,” officials said in a release. “The officer drew his weapon while giving Mr. Nesbitt verbal commands directing him not to grab what appeared to be a pistol.”

The officer did not fire his weapon and Nesbitt ran through the backyard and over fences, officials said.

While the officer chased Nesbitt, the officer injured his knee, officials said. Nesbitt then escaped. 

The attempted assault charge related to the injury to the officer, officials said.

On Sept. 25 the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force found Nesbitt at his mother’s house, hiding under a sink.

He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor menacing charge for displaying what appeared to be a pistol at members of the task force.

He was taken into custody after a standoff that lasted several hours, officials said. After he was arrested, authorities determined Nesbitt possessed a BB gun that looked like a pistol.

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