Ithaca, N.Y. — At least a dozen police officers have descended on Ithaca’s West Village and nearby streets Sunday afternoon.

One officer on Chestnut Street stopped cars and asked drivers about a “weapons-related stabbing.” He asked one reporter and at least three drivers if anyone was hiding in the trunk of their cars.

An Ithaca police officer stopped drivers Sunday in the West Village to ask about a “weapons-related stabbing.” (Jeff Stein/Ithaca Voice)
An Ithaca police officer stopped drivers Sunday in the West Village to ask about a “weapons-related stabbing.” (Jeff Stein/Ithaca Voice)

No officer on scene has accepted an interview. Several residents of the West Village said they heard that there was a stabbing and a fight, but we stress that this has not been confirmed by police.

State police and Bangs Ambulance are also on scene. Emergency radio reports indicated that a helicopter would have to be called to search for a suspect, though again this information has not been confirmed.

Police were setting up perimeters on various streets in the West Village. Emergency radio reports also indicated that police were called to Route 79.

One woman, Jennifer Lakita, said she came home from church Sunday to find four police officers outside of her home.

Lakita, like several others who refused to give their names, said she heard that there had been a stabbing.

“I hope everyone is okay,” Lakita said.

This information is preliminary. We will update this story as soon as we learn more.

Jeff Stein

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