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Utica police investigate false reports of an armed robbery

Utica police are investigating a falsely reported armed robbery, which was said to have occurred on the 1400 block of Kemble Street.

Posted: Aug 26, 2018 6:12 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2018 3:52 PM

UTICA- Utica police are investigating a falsely reported armed robbery, which was said to have occurred on the 1400 block of Kemble Street.

On Sunday police responded to a 911 call at Fiestaa Market, where two people were reported to have robbed the market store at gunpoint.

After the two men were detained and the incident was investigated, the two alleged suspects were released. According to the Utica Police Department, there was no evidence showing the alleged suspects had robbed the store.

Police tell WKTV that once the incident had been investigated thoroughly, it appeared no robbery occurred. Police are now looking into whether to charge the person from the store who made the call with falsely reporting an incident.

WKTV spoke with one of the alleged suspects' father, who tells us their side of the story.

“They got in an argument with the gentleman inside the store for getting the wrong amount of change,” said Bill Walk, the alleged suspect's father. “And then they decided to call the police and make a false call.”

Upon arrival, witnesses tell WKTV that Utica police had surrounded a white Chevy pickup truck in the middle of Hobart Street with their guns drawn. Inside the truck were the two alleged suspects involved in the incident.

“You know right now my son is pretty upset to have guns drawn on him,” said Walk. “But the police were doing their job, they responded to a call and it's people like that make it bad for other people you know.”

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