Utica man accused
of pointing loaded gun

A Utica man is facing multiple charges after law enforcers said he pointed a loaded handgun at another man on Roberts Street early this morning.

Meanwhile, Utica Police have responded to 21 reports of ‘shots fired’ since Aug. 1, including two new incidents on Thursday.

Police said a man was sitting on his front porch on Roberts Street in west Utica at 1 a.m. today when he watched a vehicle pull up to the house across the street. Police said Nathaniel Harvey, 36, of Knox Street and a woman got out of the car and started arguing with the people who live across the street.

While the man was watching and listening, he suddenly heard Harvey mention one of his family members by name, police said. So the man spoke up and asked what the argument was about and how his family member was involved. Harvey explained that he was owed money, and another argument ensued. This time, police said Harvey pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the man, threatening him with it.

Harvey then fled the scene on foot, but police said the man followed him along Sunset Avenue and onto Varick Street. The man found a police officer standing nearby, and he told the officer everything that had happened. The officer spotted Harvey trying to blend into the crowd in front of one of the bars, so he grabbed him, police said, causing the loaded 9mm handgun to fall out of Harvey’s waistband onto the ground.

Harvey was also found with quantities of marijuana and heroin, authorities stated.

Harvey is charged with second-degree menacing, unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of a weapon, police said. He is scheduled to appear in City Court.

On Thursday, Utica Police said they responded to two separate reports of shots fired where all parties had fled the scene. At about 2 a.m., police said at least 11 rounds were fired near Two J’s bar on Rutger Street, but there was no one around once officers arrived. Then at 1 p.m., police said someone fired a shot into a business at the corner of Steuben and James street after getting into an argument with a customer. Police said the shooter and the customer fled the scene prior to police arrival.

The Steuben and James street shooting was the 21st call of ‘shots fired’ reported in Utica since Aug. 1, authorities said.

Anyone with information on the two shooting incidents is asked to call Utica Police at 223-3510. All calls will be kept confidential.