Utica man arrested with stolen gun and bulletproof vest

Ako Burrell

A Utica man was found with a stolen gun and bulletproof vest after he was reportedly waiving a gun out of his car window.

Utica Police say they received a report that a man driving in a Mitsubishi Diamonte in the area of James and Kemble Streets was waving a gun and threatening to shoot the caller.

Around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, an officer spotted the vehicle in the area of Gray Avenue and City Street where it had just pulled into a parking space in the parking lot of 1204 Gray Avenue. As the officer approached the vehicle the driver he fled from the vehicle and ran toward apartment building while reaching into his waistband.

As the suspect ran towards the building the officer heard a loud "boom," which he thought was possible gun fire. Police officers established a perimeter around the building.

Police say they later located the suspect, with assistance from members of the US Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force, inside a basement apartment of 1204 Gray Avenue

The suspect was later identified as Ako Burrell, 21, of the Gray Avenue apartment.

Police located a camouflage bulletproof vest and a loaded .22 caliber handgun inside the vehicle that Burrell had fled from. The handgun had been reported stolen.

Burrell was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, felony criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth, and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree for a suspended driver's license.

Police say additional charges may be pending.