Utica Police take 3 loaded firearms off city streets in a single day

Utica Police arrested several individuals Thursday, June 3, who were allegedly concealing loaded firearms, or were in areas where there has been a recent spike in shots being fired.

Posted: Jun 4, 2021 8:33 AM
Updated: Jun 4, 2021 12:54 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica Police arrested several individuals Thursday, June 3, who were allegedly concealing loaded firearms, or were in areas where there has been a recent spike in reports of shots being fired.

The first arrest was made before 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Whitesboro and Cross Streets in Utica. 

New York State parole officers stopped a car and found a bag with a loaded handgun inside. 

Utica Police got on scene, secured the weapon and found several prescription pills in another bag. 

Colby Harris, 22, of Utica is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, firearm and possessing a controlled substance. He is also facing several vehicle and traffic violations. 

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A second arrest was made around 7:30 p.m., in the area of Arthur and Neilson Streets, in Utica. 

The Crime Prevention Unit stopped two people due to a traffic infraction.

Police say one of the men was trying to hide something in his pants pocket, which was later determined to be a loaded 9mm handgun. 

Richard Grant, 22, of Utica is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a firearm. 

He is also facing several vehicle and traffic violations. 

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The final arrests Thursday night were made before 9 p.m. 

Utica Police were patrolling the 1300, 1400 and 1500 blocks of Oneida Street due to a recent spike in calls of shots being fired. 

Officers found a car with a suspended registration, and temporary license plates from Texas. 

The three men who were inside got out, and after a sweep of the car, officers found a loaded .38 caliber revolver inside. 

Lawrence Napper, James Spratt, and Nicholeon Evans, Jr. were taken in for questioning over a shooting investigation that took place on Tuesday, June 1.

Police say Napper was shot in the leg.

The investigation into that shooting is ongoing. 

All three men are facing various weapon, firearm and traffic-related charges.

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