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Missing Florida teen arrested during traffic stop in Utica

A 16-year-old who was found to be a missing person out of Florida was arrested in Utica Monday night.

Posted: Jun 22, 2021 10:06 AM
Updated: Jun 22, 2021 12:45 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – A 16-year-old who was found to be a missing person out of Florida was arrested in Utica Monday night.

Police say the teen was in the backseat of a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation at the intersection of Albany and Blandina streets around 10:15 p.m.

Photo courtesy of UPD

During the stop, officers had reasonable suspicion that the juvenile in the backseat may have had a gun. Police directed the suspect to get out of the vehicle and officers conducted a pat frisk, where they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the teen's waistband. Police say the "ghost gun" doesn't have a serial number and isn't able to be traced.

The juvenile was arrested, and police say criminal charges are pending. Police learned the teen had been reported missing in Florida following the arrest.

Because the suspect is a minor, no name will be released.

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