Man wanted in November for parole violation now charged in China Wok robbery

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A man who was convicted of stalking early this year now has a robbery charge added to his resume.

Stephen Dineen, 28, of Utica, is now accused of robbing the China Wok on Genesee Street on November 9. Police say he threatened a clerk at the restaurant and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

On November 11, authorities received a phone call from a citizen who said they say a man wearing the same clothes as the man in surveillance photos from the robbery posted on the Utica Police Department's Facebook page.

The citizen said they saw the man in the same area as the China Wok. When approached by a UPD Sergeant, Dineen is said to have fled on foot. Several officers responded to the area and Dineen was eventually caught and taken into custody near the Price Chopper in South Utica.

On Thursday, December 1, Dineen was indicted by an Oneida County Grand Jury and was taken to the Oneida County Jail on Friday and arraigned on a charge of first-degree robbery.

Dineen was wanted by U.S. Marshals just two weeks ago for a violation of parole. At that time, authorities were asking the public to keep an eye out for Dineen, who they said a history of fleeing from police as well as a history of domestic violence toward women. That violation of parole was from when Dineen was on probation in Oneida County for a January 2011 arrest for stalking and criminal trespass.

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