Landlord attacked while trying to collect rent at tenant’s apartment

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UTICA, NY – police in Utica today reported that a landlord attempting to collect rent from a tenant was attacked and threatened Sunday afternoon. The incident happened at around 1:10 p.m. in the 400 block of South Street.

Police said a brief argument ensued when the tenant and another individual inside the apartment exited the building and began arguing and threatening the landlord.

“Upon arrival, the officers spoke with the landlord who stated that he went to his property to collect rent money when his tenant engaged him in an argument. After the tenant went inside he and another male exited the residence and began to threaten the landlord,” police said. “At one point the second male approached the landlord and began to physically grab him, ripping a necklace off from around his neck. This party then picked up an object and threw it at the landlord’s vehicle, shattering a window.”

Following this, the male brandished a knife, threatened to kill the landlord, and began to chase him down the street. The landlord was able to flee the scene and contacted 911.

The officers then went to the residence where they located the suspect and placed him into custody. Following the arrest, Sean Geno age 34 of Utica, was transported to the Utica Police Department where he was charged with menacing, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a weapon.

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