Police: Schenectady woman waved gun near school bus Thursday; Faces charges

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SCHENECTADY – A city woman has been arrested after police received a report of a woman waving a gun around and pointing it at a school bus, police said.

Police later seized what they described as an assault style air gun with an orange tip and an imitation handgun.

Two 14-year-olds, as well as a bus monitor were on the bus at the time, police said. No one was hurt.

Arrested was Shenequa Neal, 40, of Schenectady. She faces four counts of misdemeanor second-degree menacing, two counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and one misdemeanor count of obstructing governmental administration.

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The incident happened at about 8:19 a.m. in the area of Barney and Close streets, police said.

Officers responded there for the report and soon spoke with the bus driver. The driver gave them a description of the woman, as well as a license plate for her vehicle, police said.

Officers found the vehicle in a nearby driveway and attempted to make contact with the owner. A woman came to the window and confirmed it was her, but she refused to come outside, police said.

A short time later, the woman opened the window and threw out the air gun and imitation handgun. She then came outside and was detained, police said.

Neal was charged, arraigned and released to return to court later.

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