Utica man accused of threatening ex-girlfriend

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Utica man faces numerous charges after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's house and threatened her, Utica police say.

Jose Garcia, 29, of Erie Street, is charged with two counts of menacing, criminal trespass, burglary, criminal tampering, three counts of petit larceny, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.

According to authorities, officers responded to a home on Blandina Street around 8:45 p.m. Monday. A woman said she had walked into her apartment, when her ex-boyfriend allegedly jumped from behind a door and accosted her. Garcia is accused of grabbing the woman by the throat and pushing her against the wall. At one point, he allegedly grabbed a hammer and began swinging it. The woman was able to jump out of a window and call 911. An investigation showed the man gained entry through a window.

Garcia was located Tuesday by the UPD warrants unit, the U.S. Marshal's NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, the New York State Police Violent Felony Warrant Unit and Oneida County Probation.

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