Police: Day after assault charge, man burns flags, tries to take officer's gun

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A man who was charged with a misdemeanor assault charge on Sunday for allegedly beating a man in Utica was charged again Monday morning after police say he burned American flags set up for a parade and tried to take an officer's gun.

According to Utica Police, Mustaf Osman, 25, of Utica was charged early Saturday morning after police responded to a large fight outside of Kennedy Plaza apartments where they found a man beaten.

On Monday, around 9:50 a.m., an officer found Osman on Culver Ave and Armory Drive in Utica, acting agitated and throwing metal stakes in the roadway. The officer said Osman burned one of the American flags that were set up along Culver Ave for the Fourth of July Parade.

When the officer started to speak with Osman, police say Osman immediately attacked the officer, grabbing the officer's gun and trying to take it out of its holster. The officer used his taser on Osman to no effect and Osman was taken into custody with the help of civilians.

Police say they discovered that Osman had, in total, burned 3-4 of the flags that were in the ground across from the armory. Those flags were owned by the ROTC program at Proctor High School.

Osman has been charged with harassment, fifth-degree arson, resisting arrest, and attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

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