Utica man, 2 teens charged in Westmoreland burglary

Carlos Rojas

A Utica man and two minors have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a garage in Westmoreland on Oct. 14 and assaulting two people with a gun and glass bottle.

Posted: Oct 22, 2019 6:21 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2019 6:40 PM

WESTMORELAND, N.Y. – A Utica man and two minors have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a garage in Westmoreland and assaulting two people with a gun and glass bottle.

NEWSChannel 2 reported the assault on Oct. 14, the day the incident occurred, but no arrests had been made at the time.

State police arrested 20-year-old Carlos F. Rojas and charged him with second-degree burglary, second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child. The burglary and assault charges are felonies.

Police say Rojas and two teens broke into the garage and assaulted two men, one 21 years old and the other 25 years old. Both victims were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries and were later released.

The 15-year-old boy also accused of the crime has been charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

The third person allegedly involved, a 17-year-old girl, was charged with second-degree burglary.

Both teens were arraigned in Oneida County Family Court and released. The names of the two minors will not be released due to their age.

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