Man With Sawed-Off Shotgun Arrested After Robbery, Brief Police Chase in Utica

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UTICA, NY – A man reportedly brandishing and possibly firing a shotgun in Proctor Park Friday afternoon was arrested by police after committing a robbery a short time later.

According to police, at 2:30 pm, several 911 calls were made in reference to a man shooting a shotgun in the park.

“A suspect and vehicle description was provided, and that information was provided to members of the Utica Police Department and other agencies. Officers with New York State Parole were conducting operations within the city and also heard the BOLO information,” police said in a report today. “Soon thereafter they witnessed a male matching the description exit a restaurant on the 300 block of South St brandishing a weapon and carrying a clear plastic box. They witnessed this party enter into the vehicle that was previously described, and the vehicle then left eastbound on South St.”

Police said the officers immediately provided their location and description of the events to the Patrol units, and within moments several Utica Police cars attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle.

“The operator failed to stop when a traffic stop was attempted, and led the officers on a pursuit until the 600 block of Bleecker St when he pulled into a parking lot. The male attempted to flee on foot, however the officers were immediately upon him, and took him into custody without incident,” police said. “As they looked into the vehicle, they immediately noticed a sawed off 12 gauge shotgun lying across the front seat. Additionally they located a clear plastic box containing cash of varying denominations on the front passenger seat.”

Police further reported as this was occurring a separate call was received by the 911 center regarding a robbery that occurred minutes before on the 300 block of South St involving a male matching the description of the party detained on Bleecker St.

It was soon learned that members of Parole had witnessed the male exiting the establishment after having just robbed it and stealing a donation box of cash.

Nay Thar age 23 of Utica, was transported to the Utica Police Department.