UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Utica Police Department is reporting that a man has been charged with multiple felonies after threatening a motorist with a weapon while driving on May 22nd.

Around 3:30 pm on Sunday, officers arrived at a location near Broad Street and Oriskany Street to investigate reports of a motorist who was allegedly threatening other drivers with a handgun. The victim who called police claimed that they were driving on Oriskany Street when, who would later be identified as 25-year-old Cody Lewter of Little Falls, began “driving behind them in an aggressive manner and cutting off other vehicles.”

Lewter then allegedly drove in front of the victims and then slowed down to pull up next to them, and then began yelling at them through an open window. Once next to the victim’s vehicle, Lewter then allegedly took out what the victim believed to be a “black-colored pistol and pointed it directly at them”, causing them to fear for their life.

Lewter continued eastbound on Oriskany Street, then onto Route 5s, and then left the area. UPD issued a ‘Be On the Look Out’ (BOLO) for Utica and surrounding jurisdictions.

Later, Lewter’s vehicle was found by the Little Falls Police Department with Lewter inside. Officers pulled him over and detained him until members of the Utica Police Department could arrive to pick him up. A search of his vehicle was conducted and inside a black airsoft pistol was allegedly found.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Cody Lewter was charged with the following:

  • Menacing in the First Degree (Class E Felony)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (Class d Felony)