UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) — Utica Police arrested a man on Friday, October 6 after he allegedly threatened an employee of the South Utica Price Chopper with a knife.
Police were called to the Price Chopper on Genesee Street at approximately 3:15 pm on Friday, October 6. Upon arrival, officers say they spoke with an employee who says he was conversing with an unknown male outside of the store. As the conversation continued, it became argumentative. The argument escalated to the point where the suspect — later identified as 33-year-old James Jackson of Utica — allegedly pulled a knife on the employee and began to chase him with it.
The employee was able to run into the store and contact officers. After a description of the suspect was provided, officers began to canvas the area for Jackson.
Soon after, an officer located a person matching the description of Jackson on Emerson Avenue and conducted a stop. Jackson allegedly became argumentative and was eventually restrained by the officer. A search of Jackson found a knife on his person, which was secured by the officer.
Jackson was positively identified by the victim in a show-up identification procedure and subsequently transported to the Utica Police Department. Jackson is being charged with second-degree Menacing — a misdemeanor — and third-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon, a Violent Felony from a previous conviction.