Rome man charged with multiple felonies, including burglary and assaulting a police officer


UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a man from Rome has been charged with assaulting a police office, burglary, and multiple other felonies.

Around 1:00pm of Wednesday July 28th the Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Unit received a call involving domestic violence on Germany Road in the Town of Verona. The report alleged that a woman was being threatened with a gun by a man who had forcefully entered her home and stole her property.

When Deputies arrived on the scene, they found 37-year-old Joseph Ruggerio Rome and attempted to take him into custody. But Ruggerio fled from the Deputies leading to a brief foot pursuit.

While in pursuit of Ruggerio, a Deputy was struck in the head and injured.

Ruggerio was ultimately apprehended by the Sheriff’s deputies and arrested on the following charges:

  • Burglary in the Second Degree (Class C Felony)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class C Felony)
  • Robbery in the Third Degree (Class D Felony)
  • Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (Class E Felony)
  • Menacing in the Second Degree (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Assault in the Second Degree (Class D Felony)

The Deputy who was injured was brought to a local hospital, treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and then released.

Ruggerio has been processed and is currently being held at the Oneida County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Deputies were assisted on scene by the Criminal Investigation Unit along with members of the New York State Police and Vineall Ambulance.

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