Man taken into custody after police say he threatened officers with knives


A Utica man has been taken into custody after Utica Police said he threatened officers with a pair of knives Saturday.

Police said they were dispatched to 730 Roberts St. for reports of a domestic dispute at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday. The officers were told that 32-year-old McKensley Sanders, of Utica, had fled the scene.

While the officers were speaking with people at the residence as part of their investigation, they said Sanders emerged from a basement staircase with a knife in each hand. Police said Sanders pointed the knives at the officers and yelled at them to shoot him.

The officers drew their duty weapons and commanded Sanders to drop the knives. Police said he fled back into the basement.

The officers began speaking with Sanders while he was in the basement. They said he eventually dropped the knives and surrendered after about 20 minutes.

Sanders is charged with three counts of menacing a police officer, a felony, and one count each of third-degree possession of a weapon and criminal mischief, authorities said. He is scheduled to appear in City Court.


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