A local man with a lengthy criminal history was arrested this week for allegedly breaking into a city residence and threatening the resident with a baseball bat.
Douglas H. Hyson, 58, of 75 Wylie St., was charged Tuesday with one count of second-degree burglary, a felony, and second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor.
Hyson appeared in Schenectady County Court on Friday morning asking that bail be set. The lower court couldn’t set bail due to his prior felony convictions, including two prior burglary cases in the 1970s and a kidnapping in Michigan.
Appearing with his attorney Mark Juda in front of Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago, Hyson volunteered that the current charges are “an aberration.”
Prosecutor Ed Moynihan responded, that, with three prior similar convictions, “It’s hard to argue it’s an aberration.”
Hyson argued that he has been a resident of the area for a decade, and was one previously. He owns property and runs two businesses.
Not mentioned in court is that Hyson’s Michigan kidnapping case also resulted in his being a classified Level 3 sex offender.
Drago ultimately set Hyson’s bond at $50,000.
He posted it Friday, jail officials said.