Man charged in robbery following investigation


NEW HARTFORD — Following a year-long investigation, law enforcement officers said they have charged a second man in a robbery in the parking lot of the Hannaford grocery store.

Police said Joseph Smith, 24, of Utica, and Marquise Howard, 22, of Rome, met with a man at the Kellogg Road grocery store on Feb. 15, 2019, so that the man could purchase a Playstation video game console, which had been arraigned through an online sales website. Police said Smith and Howard were in a car in the parking lot when they met the man, who leaned into the passenger side window with cash in his hand.

Police said Howard, the passenger, grabbed the cash and Smith, the driver, hit the gas to pull away. Police said the pair dragged the victim from the car window for several feet before he fell to the pavement. The man was hospitalized for several days.

Howard was identified and taken into custody in June 2019. Earlier this month, he was sentenced to 2 to 6 years in state prison by County Court Judge Robert L. Bauer on a charge of third-degree robbery.

Police said Smith was finally located and taken into custody on Wednesday. Smith is charged with one count of first-degree robbery, authorities stated.

He was arraigned in County Court and is scheduled to reappear.


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