Man accused of forcible touching, among other RPD arrests


A man was charged with imprisoning a woman and forcibly touching her during an incident that occurred early this morning.

Rome Police said patrols responded to a report of an assault at 614 W. Embargo St. at about 3 a.m. when they found the suspect, identified as Brandon E. Kuth, 25, of no known address, walking up the road.

An investigation revealed that Kuth intentionally held down the female victim on the couch inside a residence, forcibly touched the woman and then used one hand to choke her, police said.

Kuth was charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and criminal obstruction of breathing. He will appear in City Court.

Also charged:

• Gillian A. Albicker, 51, of Fairfax Place, Utica, was taken into custody on a warrant on the charge of theft of service, police said.

Police said on June 26, a driver from VIP Taxi Service stated that he drove Albicker around the city for about three hours, racking up a $175 cab fee. And at 4:20 p.m. the driver brought Albicker to Community Bank at 7812 Turin Road, where she was found to have insufficient funds in her account to pay the cab fare, police said. She will appear in City Court.

• Shortly after midnight Sunday, police responded to 324 Harbor Way for a report of a suspicious vehicle parked behind some bushes. When patrols arrived, a man, identified as Bruce K. Weismore, 28, of Clark Street, Canastota, was seen exiting the vehicle, police said.

According to law enforcement, patrols then observed a woman, identified as Jessica R. Stephenson, 24, of Madison Street, inside the vehicle attempting to get dressed.

Both Weismore and Stephenson were charged with being at a public park after 10 p.m., and Stephenson was additionally charged with public exposure of a person. They will appear in City Court.


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Jerry Johnson

The police officer or officers who arrested these people should be ashamed of themselves. The Sentinel should be ashamed of themselves go publishing the names of the people involved. These people have families and it was a private matter and should have stayed that way. I hope no member of your families suffers this same embarrassment. There are people in the Sentinel who could have suffered this same embarrassment.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020