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Man accused of making threats, ramming gate at Griffiss

Posted 7/14/22

A 34-year-old man is facing multiple charges after threatening employees at the Air Force Research Lab early Wednesday morning ...

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Man accused of making threats, ramming gate at Griffiss

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ROME — A 34-year-old man is facing multiple charges after threatening employees at the Air Force Research Lab early Wednesday morning, and then ramming a gate at the Griffiss International Airport, according to the Rome Police Department and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said Edward A. Wolak, of Whitestown, angrily approached an AFRL security officer on the campus at about 7 a.m. Wednesday and threatened to shoot people. Police said Wolak then left the scene in a green Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

A short time later, sheriff’s deputies said they were dispatched to Perimeter Road for reports that a green pickup truck had smashed a gate to the county airport.

Descriptions of the truck and Wolak were spread throughout the area, and authorities said he was found on Sunset Avenue in Utica by the Utica Police Department a short time later.

Wolak is charged with one count each of making a terroristic threat and second-degree mischief, both felonies, authorities said.

Once in custody, Wolak was additionally charged with one count of third-degree mischief or an incident in Verona from May 31, deputies said. The New York State Police also charged Wolak with first-degree menacing and fourth-degree mischief from an incident in the Town of Marcy, authorities stated.

Wolak is scheduled to appear in court.

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