Police: Man faces bevy of charges following home invasion

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UTICA — A Utica man is facing multiple charges following an armed home invasion on the city’s east side Thursday night, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said several suspects forced their way into a home in the 600 block of Blandina Street shortly before 9 p.m.

Police said the suspects threatened the resident inside and struck them with a handgun before fleeing the scene. Police were able to get a vehicle description. The vehicle was spotted and pulled over on Mohawk Street at about 10:45 p.m.

As officers approached the vehicle, they said they recognized the man in the passenger seat: 26-year-old Vitaliy Suprunchik, who was wanted on an open warrant for possession of a forged instrument.

Police said Suprunchik was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody on the warrant.

A search of the vehicle uncovered several baggies of heroin and a loaded 9mm handgun in the glove compartment, which matched the description of the gun from the home invasion, authorities stated.

Suprunchik is charged with one count each of first-degree burglary, second-degree menacing, second-degree harassment, second and third-degree possession of a weapon, fourth and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a firearm and an additional charge of third-degree possession of a weapon, police said.

He is scheduled to appear in City Court, the law enforcement officials said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

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