Utica police seek suspect in killing presumed to be ‘armed and dangerous’


A 32-year-old man believed to be armed and dangerous is
wanted by Utica Police for the murder of Cleastore Jefferson on July 21, according to an announcement by the law

Police said they are searching for 32-year-old Justin Peak, of Utica, for the shooting last week in the 100 block of James St.

Police said they were called to the scene at about 8:20 p.m. July 21 and found 42-year-old Jefferson lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds.

According to police, Peak may still be armed and dangerous.

Police said the weapon has not been recovered and Peak has apparently made numerous threats towards law enforcement if they try to apprehend him.

Anyone with information on Peak’s whereabouts is asked to call Utica Police at either
315-223-3461 or 315-223-3510.

All calls will be kept confidential, authorities added.


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