RPD Math: Cash +/- Cocaine +/- Shiv = Charges for Two Rome Men

Two men are facing multiple charges after a traffic stop in the early morning hours today.

The Rome Police Department says officers with the RPD's Patrol Division conducted a traffic stop on the 200 block of East Dominick Street at approximately 12:15am ON Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Police say after talking with the driver, identified as 34-year-old Robert J. DiDomenico of Rome, it was learned that his driving privileges were found to have been revoked.  He had a passenger who was not authorized to drive and because he was unlicensed, his vehicle had to be towed.

During a search of the vehicle police say the following items were located inside the car:

  • 15.2 grams of cocaine
  • A quantity of pills (type and prescription status not yet released by police)
  • U.S. Currency
  • One "Shiv" Style Knife
Robert J. DiDomenico Photo Credit: Rome Police Department (March 2022)
Robert J. DiDomenico Photo Credit: Rome Police Department (March 2022)
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After the search both occupants of the vehicle were arrested.  DiDomenico faces the following charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (Class B felony)
  • Aggravated Unauthorized Operation in the 3rd Degree
Joel M. Stephens Photo Credit: Rome Police Department (March 2022)
Joel M. Stephens Photo Credit: Rome Police Department (March 2022)
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The passenger, identified as 40-yer-old Joel M. Stephens of Rome, faces the following charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (Class B felony)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree (Class D felony)

Police say that the investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information that might be helpful to investigators is asked to call the Rome Police Department's Tip Line at: (315) 339.7744. Calls, e-mail, and messages may also be left anonymously with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers by calling: 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS), 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 Rome Police Department.  All 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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