Authorities searching for fugitive with family in Utica/Rome area
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Authorities are hoping information from the public will help them locate a man wanted in Syracuse but has family in the Utica/Rome area. According to the New York/New Jersey Regional Task Force, Ali S. Shabazz, AKA "sparks," walked away from a Halfway House in Syracuse on October 10 without permission of the facility and never returned. Shabazz was in the Halfway House as part of his federal sentence for a July 2010 charge of Violation of Supervised Release. He was on federal Supervised Release for a 2006 conviction of Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine. Authorities say Shabazz has a criminal history which includes convictions for weapons and narcotics offenses. According to the Fugitive Task Force, Shabazz has numerous family members, associates and friends in the Utica/Rome area. They advise that if you observe Shabazz, do not approach him, and instead, call 911 or the United States Marshals office at 315-473-7601 or the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force Tip line at 315-690-1834. All calls will be kept confidential. Shabazz is described as a black male, 6' tall, 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has scars on his eye brow, right eye area, forehead and nose, and also has numerous tattoos.