UTICA – The Utica Police Department has identified the man who is accused of falsely reporting an armed robbery on Sunday.
Adel Marwan, 56, of Utica, is charged with misdemeanor third-degree falsely reporting an incident.
On Sunday, Utica police were called to Fiestaa Market on Kemble Street, where it was reported that two men had robbed the store at gunpoint.
After Utica police detained the two alleged suspects and investigated the incident, the two men were released because police say there was no evidence showing that the reported robbery had ever occurred.
Bill Walker, the father of one of the alleged suspects, told WKTV on Sunday that the two men had gotten into an argument with the man who managed the store about getting the wrong amount of change, and the store manager then called 911 and falsely reported a robbery. Walker says his son is upset but understands why police did what they did, "My son is pretty upset, of course he’s pretty upset being pulled over by the police and having guns drawn on him, but the police were doing their job."
Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara says he credits Utica Police with doing a great job of investigating the incident at the scene and keeping the volatile situation under control, but he is also crediting the two men who were pulled over for their reaction to the horrible and scary situation of being pulled over at gunpoint, "I mean, think about it, how much mental anguish would you or I have if we got pulled over at gunpoint and the reason that happened was the person falsely reported an armed robbery with a gun pointed at somebody."
Marwan faces up to a year in prison if convicted of misdimeanor Falsely reporting an incident.