Updated: Utica Robbery Suspect Crashes, Charged In 3 Local Incidents
Update - 5/3/2016 10:10 a.m. - Utica Police have identified the suspect in Monday's high speed chase that ended in a crash in West Utica as Michael A. Pula.Pula, whom police say had been living in Oriskany, has now been charged with two counts of first degree robbery (a B felony) in robberies at the Stewart's Shop on Court Street in Utica on Sunday night, and at the Nice 'n Easy robbery early Monday morning. The 35-year-old also faces a charge of attempted robbery in connection with Monday afternoon's incident at Parkway Drugs on Culver Ave in East Utica. He was arraigned on Tuesday morning, police said.
Police are also telling WIBX that Pula allegedly threatened to use a weapon in at least the first two incidents, however he did not brandish a weapon. Authorities are awaiting a search warrant of the vehicle involved in the crash. They says Pula was not carrying a weapon on his person when he was apprehended following the crash.
Also, Utica Police PIO Lt. Bryan Coromato confirmed that the high speed chase did not begin in Utica. He said an outside agency identified the suspect's vehicle and the chase did begin in, or include the Oriskany area before Pula led police back into Utica.
Original story - A high speed chase involving a suspect in an attempted robbery ended when the suspect crashed at Lennox Ave and Noyes Streets in Utica on Monday afternoon, police said.
The man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to the hospital along with two Utica police officers. Late Monday evening, UPD Public Information Officer, Lt. Bryan Coromato said all three had been released from the hospital and further information about the incident would be released on Tuesday.
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The attempted robbery occurred after 2:00 Monday afternoon at Parkway Drugs in East Utica. Police are still investigating and said they could not confirm that this attempted robbery was related to a pair of overnight robberies - at Nice 'n Easy on Culver Ave, and at the Stewart's Shops on Court Street.
Officers from several other area police agencies responded, including Yorkville and Whitesboro.
Police are expected to release more information later today. Check back for updates....