Utica man, on bath salts, threatens to cut out his own heart

Police in Utica responded to yet another 'bath salts'-related incident earlier this week when a man thought to be under the influence of the drugs threatened to cut out his own heart with a knife.

According to the Utica Police Department, On Monday around 4:45 p.m. officers were called to a home on the 600 block of Schuyler Street for a report of a man with a knife. Police say that when they arrived they spoke to a woman who told them that her 39-year-old son was threatening to kill himself. The woman told police that her son has been abusing the synthetic drugs called 'bath salts' and was hearing voices. He allegedly held a knife to his chest and threatened to cut out his own heart.

As police spoke outside of the home, they say they could hear the man yelling inside. When they approached the house the man allegedly came out with the knife in his hand. An officer drew her gun and ordered the man to drop the knife, which he eventually did.

Police say the man appeared distraught, and claimed to have used 'bath salts' two days ago. He said he was still feeling the effects of the drugs. However, police say he did now have any of the drugs in his possession. He was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica for a mental health evaluation.

The man's name was not released. No word on any charges in this case.