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Attempted kidnapping leads to prison

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man who police said tried to kidnap a woman at gunpoint at an area bar late last summer faces up to four years in state prison.

Christopher G. Betor, 48, of 45 Park St., pleaded guilty June 10 before Acting Fulton County Court Judge Tatiana Coffinger to a felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive 1 1/3 to four years in state prison. A stay away order is also expected to be issued on behalf of his victim.

Betor was arrested by the Gloversville Police Department at approximately 2:25 a.m. Sept. 13, 2020 at Rocky’s Tavern, 97 S. Main St., Gloversville. He was charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies.

Police said he was taken into custody after he attempted to kidnap a woman at gunpoint. Police said the incident took place inside of Rocky’s Tavern while the bar was still open in the early morning hours of Sept. 13, 2020.

Officers were called to the scene by bar patrons who observed Betor make contact with another patron inside of the bar before attempting to coerce the female victim to leave the building with him by use of a handgun.

According to the felony complaint filed against Betor by Gloversville police on Sunday, Betor had in his possession a Colt 1911 semi-automatic pistol that he held to the victim’s head as he demanded the woman leave with him.

Police said responding officers were able to take Betor into custody at the scene without incident and without the use of force. Police said at the time they believed the incident random in nature.

The handgun used in the incident was recovered by police who investigated the origin of the firearm and how it came into Betor’s possession.

Police said Betor was previously convicted of a felony in Montgomery County Court in May 1996 for driving while intoxicated after a previous conviction offense within 10 years. Due to the prior felony conviction, he couldn’t lawfully possess a firearm under state and federal law.

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