Utica Police say a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun was taken off the streets during a traffic stop in the city on Wednesday night.

The UPD's GIVE (Gun Involved Violence Elimination) Team conducted a vehicle stop at Oriskany Street and Barnes Ave at around 10:30PM . Officers say two women in the vehicle were wanted on outstanding warrants, a third woman admitted to having a loaded gun in her purse, and the driver was ticketed for several New York State Vehicle and Traffic Violations.

Officers charged the four occupants with the following:

  • Janay Hymes age 24 of Utica, Outstanding Disorderly Conduct Warrant
  • Katasha Bradley age 19 of Utica, Two (2) Outstanding Petit Larceny Warrants
  • Hexadore Randall age 27 of Utica, Several NYSV&TL violations
  • Jessica Reed age 41 of Utica, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd, and
    Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd

Police say after Reed admitted to having the loaded semi-automatic weapon, it was located inside her purse. The confiscated .40 caliber gun is pictured in the photo above.

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