UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Police are investigating two armed robberies in East Utica that happened on back-to-back nights, and are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects.

It is not clear if the two robberies are connected in any way.

Albany and Rutger Streets
The first incident, described as a strong armed robbery by police, happened in the area of Albany and Rutger Streets around 8:30 p.m.

Utica Police say that six to seven unknown men knocked another man to the ground, punched and kicked him, and then stole his bicycle and a MP3 player.

Police have little information on the suspects, except that they are all described as black males.

One was approximately 18 years of age or younger, 5’4” with a thin build wearing white pants with a black stripe.

Another, also 18 years of age or younger and about 5’9” had a medium build wearing black sweatpants and a gray “Under Armor type” long sleeve workout shirt.

Police say the bicycle that was stolen is a grey 26" mountain bicycle with 21 speeds and a "Schwinn" seat that has a rip on the left side, a water bottle holder and a combination chain on the seat column.

 

Catherine Street and Pellettieri Avenue
Around 11:20 Friday evening, police say a food delivery person was robbed at gun point in the area of Catherine Street and Pellettieri Avenue, also in East Utica.

There were about seven suspects, all described as black males wearing bandana over their faces.

One suspect in the alleged crime is described as a black male, 6' tall, wearing a baggy blue shirt with Timberland boots and armed with a handgun.

Another is a black male, shorter than 6', bald head and armed with a pump action pistol grip shotgun.

A third is described as a black male, taller than 6', wearing a blue fleece with and American Flag patch on the right shoulder and possibly armed with unknown weapon, according to authorities. 

The suspects fled through an alley between 303 and 305 Pellettieri Avenue.

 

The Utica Police Department Police is asking that anyone with information regarding the robbery or the whereabouts of the bicycle, call the Criminal Investigation Division at 315-223-3510. All phone calls will be kept confidential.