Utica police identify Howard Avenue homicide victim, make 2 arrests

Utica police have identified the man killed on Howard Avenue Wednesday night as 30-year-old Martin Martinez, of Utica.

Posted: Dec 23, 2020 11:21 PM
Updated: Dec 24, 2020 12:06 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Utica police have identified the man killed on Howard Avenue Wednesday night as 30-year-old Martin Martinez, of Utica.

According to police, Martinez was involved in an altercation on the 1400 block of Howard Avenue while he was driving a vehicle. Shots were fired, and officers were called to the scene around 7:40 p.m.

Martinez drove a short distance before crashing into a telephone pole. Officers found him inside the vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police arrested two men suspected of leaving Martinez's vehicle and continuing to shoot handguns after the crash, including 20-year-old Charles Major, of Utica, and 19-year-old Damian Alvarado, of Utica. Both were charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

Police are continuing to investigate, and asking anyone who has information to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 315-223-3556, or submit an anonymous tip online through Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers at www.mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com, by calling 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS), or by using the P3 Tips mobile app.

People who live in the area can also submit anonymous video surveillance of the scene in question by using the Neighbors by Ring app. 

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