Two men arrested on multiple weapons charges after traffic stop


UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The Utica Police Department is reporting that two men were arrested Sunday night on weapon charges.

Around 11:30pm on Sunday July 25th the UPD’s Crime Prevention Unit pulled over a vehicle on the 300 block of Arthur Street in Utica. When Officers approached the vehicle, they found 26-year-old Tremayne Bowens of Utica and 20-year-old Justice Polak of Ilion.

Through the windows of the vehicle, officers noticed several duffle bags in the back seat behind the passenger. Sticking out of a side pocket, they could see several corner knotted baggies and what appeared to be the grip of a handgun. That method of tying plastic baggies is commonly recognized as being used when selling narcotics. Officers determined that there was enough reasonable cause to remove the two occupants and do a more thorough search. 

While investigating the duffel bags in the back seat, police found a .380 pistol, a 9mm pistol, both of which were loaded, as well as plastic bags containing suspected drug contraband.

After these findings, both occupants were then arrested and brought to the Utica Police Department. During further investigation, it was discovered that one of the handguns was reported stolen from a nearby jurisdiction. It is likely that additional charges will be brought against the two suspects in relation to that theft. 

After the investigation ended the following charges were brought against the two men:

Tremayne Bowens

  • Four counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon
  • Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm

Justice Polak

  • Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon
  • Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm

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