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Theft suspect facing several charges after resisting arrest in New Hartford

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NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- A man suspected of stealing from Sangertown Square is facing several charges after police say he tried to grab an officer’s gun while resisting arrest.

Around 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 26, New Hartford police were called to the mall for a reported larceny. While on their way, officers were told the suspect had fled the mall toward Hannaford on Commercial Drive.

The suspect, 28-year-old Kody J. Wolak, of Utica, was found hiding behind a dumpster in the Hannaford plaza.

Police say Wolak wouldn’t cooperate with officers and tried again to run away from them. As the officers tried to restrain him, police say Wolak reached for one of the officer’s service weapons and tried to pull it out of the holster.

Police were eventually able to take Wolak into custody, and found him in possession of items allegedly stolen from FYE and Zumiez.

Wolak was charged with:

  • Assault
  • Attempted criminal possession of a weapon
  • Petit larceny
  • Criminal possession of stolen property
  • Resisting arrest
  • Obstructing governmental administration

Wolak is being held at Oneida County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail.

An officer injured during Wolak’s arrest was treated at the hospital for a shoulder injury but has since been released.


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