UPDATE: UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that Gregory Brown, the man wanted for a car theft and evading police on August 2nd, as well as an outstanding warrent for robbery, has been arrested.
Around 8:45am on Monday August 9th, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office along with the U.S. Marshals, the New York New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Syracuse Police Department, and the Town of Dewitt Police Department took Gregory Brown into custody without incident at a hotel in Syracuse.
The investigation began on August 2nd, after Brown allegedly stole a car in Utica and then and then later crashing in the Town of Vernon.
Brown is currently in custody and will be transported back to Oneida County where he will be arraigned on the warrant for Robbery in the 2nd degree (Class C felony) following a grand jury indictment.
AUGUST 2ND, 2021 UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – Local enforcement agencies are still looking for 36 year old Gregory Brown. According to the Utica Police Department, as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4 he is still at large.
Brown is wanted on several pending felony charges, and he is suspected of stealing a car in Utica, crashing it into a ditch in Vernon and then fleeing the scene on Monday, August 2. Sheriff Robert Maciol of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department shared that upon leaving the crash site, Brown unlawfully entered a house in Vernon and demanded that the homeowners give him the keys to their car.
Sergeant Michael Curley with the Utica Police Department explained, “Upon crashing into the ditch, he fled from the area and subsequently hid from authorities for a period of time. We do know that later on about 5 o’clock he stole another vehicle from the Vernon area and lead police on another pursuit back to Utica.”
About an hour later around 6 p.m., the Utica Police Department, working with other county and state agencies, located Gregory Brown in Utica around West Street, where he lead police on another pursuit. Brown fled from a moving vehicle that he was driving and ran into a home on Miller Street. That car crashed on West Street.
“At that point officers secured 1008 Miller Street and established a perimeter in an attempt to locate Mr. Brown,” said Sergeant Curley.
That perimeter ran from Rutger Street to South Street and was monitored by Utica Police and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department. Police spent several hours attempting to negotiate with individuals inside the home, but those efforts were unsuccessful.
“The SWAT team made entry with chemical munitions and other use of force techniques in an effort to get Mr. Brown to exit the residence,” Sergeant Curley explained. “At one point early in the morning hours today they entered the residence in search of Mr. Brown,” he added.
Gregory Brown was not found inside the home last night and has yet to be found by the agencies looking for him.
Despite the many hours spent searching and negotiating for Brown in the Miller Street neighborhood, law enforcement is thankful that the nearby residents were cooperative and patient. Neighbors were removed from their homes until early Tuesday morning. Utica Police struggled with cooperation from the public in their investigations of the shootings that happened early in July.
Sergeant Curley said, “We can’t say enough about their patience and the fact that they were willing and able to assist us with clearing their residence. We do feel very badly for them that they were outside and taken away from their residence at the time, but we allowed them back in at about 4 a.m., and unfortunately for the safety of everyone they had to be removed and we thank them for their patience at that time.”
Gregory Brown is still at large, and Utica Police are asking that anyone with information come forward and report that information to the Utica Police or the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department.