UTICA, N.Y. -- A Utica man is in custody after police found a loaded modified rifle outside an area Fastrac store.
According to Utica police, officers were called to the Fastrac at 1301 Herkimer Rd. at about 2:50 a.m. on Sept. 4 on a report of a man with a weapon.
Upon arrival, officers found a man matching the suspect’s description standing near the front counter inside the store.
The man was detained, and investigating officers found a loaded modified 9 mm Hi-Point rifle wrapped in a jacket outside one of the entry doors.
The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Tony Howard, of Utica. He was arrested and charged with second- and third-degree felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon, and a felony count of criminal possession of a firearm.
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