Authorities say a Colonie man is charged with slashing a Voorheesville man in the face after one accused the other of stealing drugs from him and he wanted to even the score, according to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
Nicholas Desanctis, 21, is charged with Assault (2nd Degree, Class D Felony), Criminal Possession of a Weapon (4th Degree, Class A Misdemeanor), and arraigned in the Village of Voorheesville before being sent to the Albany County jail without bail.
Deputies were dispatched to 45 Pleasant Street in Voorheesville for a man who was slashed in the face with a knife. The victim said he only knew his attacker as “Nick.” That led authorities back to Colonie Center, where they eventually arrested Desanctis, investigators said.
The assault stemmed from an earlier incident where Desanctis allegedly sold drugs to the victim and then accused him of stealing from him. Sheriff Investigators say they found Desanctis in the car at the mall with two other men. During the interviews, authorities found Desanctis with the knife which was believed to have been used in the slashing and he had blood-stained clothes and a cut to his finger.
The driver of the car at the mall admitted to buying two bundles of heroin from Desanctis for a cut rate, $110, if he and his buddy would drive Desanctis to Voorheesville to settle a score, wait for him, and bring him back to Colonie. The driver said he dropped Desanctis off at the end of Pleasant Street in Voorheesville, Apple said. The Voorheesville victim was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and later released.
Investigators later went to Desanctis’s apartment at the Colonie Towers with a search warrant and found 410 bags of heroin with a street value of $4,500 and over $3,000 in cash.
Desanctis is also charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance (3rd Degree, Class B Felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (3rd Degree, Class B Felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (4th Degree, Class C Felony). He was arraigned in Voorheesville by Judge Margret Atkins.