According to Sheriff Robert Maciol, Deputies assigned to the County Office Building were alerted to a threat of mass harm.

On November 18, 2022, at about 1030hrs, a Department of Family and Community Services Supervisor, reported a series of threatening phone calls to staff.

The caller Jacqwey Yates 25, of Utica, threatened to come to the County Office Building, shoot occupants and blow up the building. All over his dissatisfaction with services. Deputies quickly obtained pedigree and pictures of Yates and spotted him entering the Security checkpoint. Yates was armed with a jack knife and was detained while Deputies investigated.

Yates was transported to the Sheriff's Law Enforcement Building, where he was processed and awaits arraignment in ONEIDA COUNTY CAP COURT, at the correctional facility. He was charged with Threat of Mass Harm and Aggravated Harassment by Phone or Electronic Means, both Misdemeanors.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Division is obtaining an Extreme Risk Protection Order and Search warrant for the Yates residence to insure he does not possess firearms or other dangerous weapons or materials.

At no time was anyone at the Office Building placed in harm or danger, due, to the quick actions of Deputies.