Ithaca, N.Y. — A robber who threatened a Cornell employee at knifepoint in November 2013 was convicted by a jury on Thursday, according to Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson.

Rishawn Vieweg, 25, was convicted on the charges of first-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, Wilkinson said.

Rishawn Vieweg

Here’s the account the DA gave of the robbery:

Around 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2013, Vieweg entered Synapsis Cafe in Weill Hall on Cornell’s campus. He wore a scarf and hoodie to cover his face.

Vieweg then threatened an employee of the cafe with a knife and demanded she turn over money. When she did so, Vieweg led her to an elevator and told her that they were going to a basement.

The employee ran from Vieweg and yelled for help but was “momentarily stopped by a good Samaritan,” the DA said. Vieweg ran toward the Plant Science Building before he was stopped by a Cornell police officer.

Vieweg, previously convcted of a felony, faces a minimum of 10 years in a state prison and a maximum of 25 years, according to Wilkinson.

He will be sentenced on Aug. 15.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.