Utica man faces weapons charge after dispute with woman, family

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UTICA — A 20-year-old man is accused of choking a woman and threatening her family with a handgun Sunday morning, according to the Utica Police Department.

Police said Tyheim Holland, of Utica, was in an argument with several women at an apartment on Hillcrest Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Police said Holland grabbed one of the women by the throat and choked her.

The woman told her family what happened and several family members came to the residence.

When they arrived, police said Holland pulled out a handgun and threatened them, before hiding the gun in the apartment and fleeing the scene.

Responding officers said they found Holland a short distance away and he was taken into custody.

The family members pointed out the gun to police, and they said the loaded, 9mm handgun was secured.

Holland is charged with one count each of second-degree menacing, criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal possession of a firearm and second and third-degree possession of a weapon, police stated.

He is scheduled to appear in Utica City Court, police said.

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