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Faxton Hospital employee accused of leaving threatening notes for staff and patients

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - After nearly a month-long investigation, police arrested a man they say worked at Faxton Hospital and was making threats against both staff and patients.

Utica Police say that on January 14, they received a report from staff members at Faxton hospital regarding threatening notes.

As the investigation continued, a total of 15 threatening notes were found - notes that police say made threats towards hospital patients, as well as staff members. Police worked closely with the hospital to weed through possible suspects and on Thursday, an arrest was made.

Elvin Ozoria, 30, of Utica, has been charged with five counts of Making a Terroristic Threat, a class D felony and five counts of Aggravated Harassment, a misdemeanor. Ozoria has been remanded to the Oneida County Jail.

While the investigation was underway, the hospital and police teamed up to endure everyone's safety.

"The hospital went into contract with our union and hired police security 24/7 until this person was charged," said Sergeant Steve Hauck of the Utica Police Department. "Uniformed officers assigned to the hospital 24/7 basis to make sure that there were no incidents and so that we could respond quickly."

We reached out to Faxton Hospital, but have not heard back from them as of this writing.

The Oneida County District Attorney, Scott McNamara, says that if convicted, Ozoria faces up to one year in Oneida County jail for the misdemeanor charges, and two to seven years in state prison if found guilty of the felony charges.

In order to sentence Ozoria with each count, the prosecution will have to prove that these threats and notes were made at separate times.

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