“Chaotic and violent scene” in Syracuse after the arrest of a teenager

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A central New York teenager is under arrest and faces multiple charges, following a foot chase on Wednesday.

Police were on a proactive patrol near the 200 block of Geddes Street in Syracuse around 8:34 p.m. on August 31, 2022 when police said they saw someone acting suspiciously who appeared to be armed. In a written statement, the Syracuse Police Department said, “The individual’s actions also violated multiple local laws.”

Officers say they approached the man in an attempt to speak to him. The suspect then fled, refusing to stop when called by police. The Syracuse Police Department said the foot chase continued to the 300 block of Richmond Avenue. “At some point during the chase,” according to the SPD, “the suspect removed a fanny pack he was carrying and threw it on the roof of a residence.”

Police caught up with the suspect shortly thereafter and took him into custody.

Police then searched the roof and reportedly found the abandoned fanny pack which they said contained “a loaded and untraceable Polymer 80 handgun inside” as well as illegal drugs.

Polymer gun photo credit: Syracuse Police Department (August 2022)

Polymer gun photo credit: Syracuse Police Department (August 2022)

The suspect, identified only as a 15-year-old male due to his age, was arrested and taken to Hillbrook Detention Center.

He now faces the following charges:

  • Second degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • Third degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • Criminal possession of a firearm
  • Seventh Degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Obstruction of government administration

The Syracuse Police Department said while officers were investigating and gathering evidence at the scene, a large and somewhat angry group gathered and officers were threatened. Crime scene tape was then installed around the scene.

Police say a person, identified as 28-year-old Christopher Alvarado, allegedly tore up a section of crime scene tape and got physical with one of the officers. During their attempt to take Alvarado into custody, police report he refused and was eventually handcuffed after a “brief struggle”.

Around the same time, another man allegedly got physical with another officer and police say also resisted arrest when they tried to take him into custody. He has been identified as Merrick Correa, 18.

Alvarado was arrested and issued appearance tickets for the following:

  • Obstruction of government administration in the second degree
  • resist arrest
  • A violation of local law for removing a police barricade

Correa was arrested and charged with:

  • Second degree harassment
  • resist arrest

In a statement about the incident, the Syracuse Police Department said, “It was a chaotic and volatile scene. While citizens have every right to observe and record officers performing their duties, violent actions towards (officers) will not be tolerated.

Anyone with information that could be useful to the investigation is asked to call the police.

Anonymous calls, emails and messages can also be left with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers by dialing: 1-866-730-8477 (ADVICE)by visiting www.mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile App. All information received by Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is 100% confidential.

[AUTHOR’S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the Syracuse Police Department.  Regardless of any statements or photographs regarding potential evidence presented or accusations alleged, the reader is reminded that all suspects and arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]

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