UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) — A Utica woman was arrested after she threatened firefighters with a knife and a pan of hot oil on Blandina Street on Saturday, September 23.
Utica Fire units were called to 332 Blandina Street after a report of smoke coming from one of the apartments at the residence. Upon arrival firefighters knocked on the door and received no answer. They then began to forcibly enter the apartment to properly address the smoke and possible fire.
Once firefighters made entry into the apartment, they proceeded to the kitchen. Once there, they noticed a female standing beside the stove, which was heavily engulfed in smoke. When firefighters attempted to speak to the female, she allegedly brandished a large kitchen knife and a hot pan with oil in it and walked toward them aggressively. The firefighters then exited the apartment and called for police assistance.
Police then reported to the apartment, at which point the apartment was engulfed in dark smoke. Attempts to make the female exit were ignored. The female then allegedly continued to add food and oil to the pan, making the smoke and conditions more dangerous. When officers attempted to approach the female, she allegedly brandished the knife again, moving towards the officers threateningly. At that point, an officer used their Taser against the female, causing her to drop the knife and fall to the ground.
Officers were then able to restrain the female and removed her from the apartment. Firefighters were subsequently able to extinguish the fire.
The female — whose name was not released — was brought to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. Police say that upon her release, she will be charged with several counts of Menacing, Menacing a Police Officer and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.