Utica man accused of stealing pellet rifle, pointing it at customers outside Walmart near Albany

A Utica man was arrested after allegedly stealing a pellet gun from a Walmart outside of Albany, and pointing at people in the parking lot.

Posted: Apr 1, 2021 6:09 PM
Updated: Apr 1, 2021 6:09 PM

COLONIE, N.Y. – A Utica man was arrested just outside of Albany Wednesday after allegedly stealing a pellet rifle from a Walmart in Colonie, and pointing it at multiple people while attempting to steal vehicles from the parking lot.

Police say the incident happened after 25-year-old Daquan D. Forehand was released from Oneida County Correctional Facility on cash bail earlier in the day. He had been held at the jail since March 7 on domestic violence charges.

According to police, Forehand was looking at a pellet rifle inside the Colonie store around noon. Then, Forehand grabbed the rifle from the Walmart employee, and ran through the store into the parking lot.

Around 12:20 p.m. police received multiple calls from customers at the store, reporting a man with a gun in the parking lot.

When initially arriving at the scene, police were not aware it was a pellet rifle, and believed it to be an actual firearm.

Witnesses told police Forehand pointed the rifle at several people, and tried to steal at least two vehicles.

Police were able to take him into custody in the parking lot.

Forehand is charged with the following:

  • Attempted robbery
  • Menacing a police officer
  • Grand larceny
  • Resisting arrest
  • Criminal possession of a weapon
  • Menacing
  • Petit larceny

Forehand was arraigned and was sent to Albany Medical Center to undergo a mental health evaluation, with the supervision of the Albany Sheriff’s Office.

In a post to Facebook Thursday, Colonie police said they “would like to thank the multiple witnesses who reported this incident, including many whom made brave attempts to follow him and assist in taking him into custody, while relaying vital information to responding officers.”

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Posted by Colonie Police Department on Thursday, April 1, 2021

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