A Utica man was Tasered after threatening to snap his 3-month-old daughter’s neck and lunging at police with a knife Saturday.
At 2:32 a.m., Utica Police responded to 602 William St. for a report of a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a woman who had been locked outside her home. The victim said her husband, Jose Pina, 23, came home and awoke her and their two small children before starting an argument with her, police said.
According to the woman, her husband was acting bizarre, claiming the children weren’t his and he threatened to snap the neck of their young daughter. The victim ran out of the house and called police, but her husband had locked her out, with the children still inside, police said. One of the responding officers forced his way into the house to ensure the safety of both children. While inside, patrolmen confronted Pina, who came towards them with a knife, police said. After several demands to drop the weapon, an officer deployed a Taser and he was taken into custody.
Pina was charged with three counts of second-degree menacing, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.