Schenectady, N.Y., man denies gun charges, is held as dangerous person


PITTSFIELD -- A Schenectady, N.Y., man is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to charges associated with carrying a loaded and stolen handgun.

Anthony "Dollar" Robertson, 32, was arrested May 3 after police responded to reports of an armed man standing in front of a Glenwood Avenue residence.

When police arrived, Robertson told them it was "all good" and that he lived there.

Police said he initially wouldn’t comply with orders to show his hands and walk toward the officers. When police found a loaded .357 in Robertson’s waistband, a struggle ensued. Police struck him in the midsection and used a Taser to take him into custody, police said.

The gun was reported stolen out of New York State.

On Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court, Robertson appeared with his attorney, Joshua C. Hochberg, and denied the six charges against him.

Judge Mary-Lou Rup ordered Robertson held without bail as a dangerous person by agreement of the prosecution and defense. He will be eligible for bail on Aug. 11 when a status review of the case is scheduled.

Robertson is facing a minimum mandatory three-year state prison sentence on one charge -- illegal possession of a handgun with a prior conviction for a violent crime or serious drug offense -- and an 18-month mandatory minimum sentence if convicted of carrying a firearm.

According to a Pittsfield Police probable cause report, Robertson has prior convictions for cocaine distribution, assault and rape, among other crimes. Robertson is a validated member of the Bloods gang, according to police.


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