UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Utica Police Department reports that a man has been charged with Unlawful Imprisonment after allegedly keeping a woman against her will at gunpoint during a domestic dispute that occurred in Utica on November 1st.

According to police, on Tuesday, November 1st, officers arrived at a residence on the 1200 block of Maple Street to investigate a domestic incident that occurred several days prior. On the scene, the victim claimed that she and her ex-boyfriend, 36-year-old Jamar Key-Hickman of Utica, argued about the status of their relationship.

During the dispute, Key-Hickman allegedly took out a handgun and threatened the victim. He then forced her to drive him to a location in Syracuse. After arriving in Syracuse, Key-Hickman allegedly took the victim’s cell phone, preventing her from contacting 911.

The next day the victim was able to speak with a family member, who informed her that pipes in the basement of her home had been ripped out from the wall and hot water tank, which then caused flooding and significant damage to her home.

After several days of investigation, on Monday, November 7th, the Criminal Investigations Division and UPD’s Warrant Unit located and arrested Jamar Key-Hickman and charged him with the following:

  • Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree
  • Menacing in the Second Degree
  • Criminal Mischief in Fourth Degree

Police say they are still investigating the damage at the victim’s home. Eyewitness News will update you with any new information as it is released.