Man faces weapons charge following fight

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A Utica man has been charged with weapons possession following a reported fight on the city’s east side Thursday afternoon.

Police said they were dispatched to a reported fight among several people at the intersection of Bleecker and First streets at about 2:20 p.m. Thursday. During the investigation into the fight, police said they were tipped off about a nearby vehicle and the occupants possibly having a handgun.

The occupants of the vehicle were checked and police said they found a loaded 9mm handgun in the jacket of driver Manuel Heredia, 24, of Utica.

Heredia is charged with one count each of second and third-degree possession of a weapon, as well as criminal possession of a firearm, police stated. He is scheduled to appear in City Court.

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