Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca police are searching for an “armed and dangerous” man after a stab victim was found wounded in the city’s West Village Sunday afternoon.

Zaverius “Biggum” King is wanted in connection with a stabbing and fight on Abbott Lane. Police have called him a “person of interest” in the incident.

Police called to the scene for a report of a large group fighting — possibly with weapons — found Alonzo Virgil. Virgil had been stabbed but refused to be transported to the hospital for medical treatment and was uncooperative with the police investigation, Officer Jamie Williamson said in a press release.

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)

One of the officers on scene saw King, the suspect, and chased after him. But King was able to run away and escape, police said. He hasn’t been caught, though a police dog was brought in to aid the search.

Zaverius “Biggum” King is wanted by Ithaca police
Zaverius “Biggum” King is wanted by Ithaca police

In October 2013, King was also wanted in connection with a shooting in Ithaca on West Green Street. He is described as a black male, 6’0 tall, about 185 pounds with black hair, IPD says.


At least a dozen Ithaca police officers were in the area around 2:30 p.m. 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.

State police and Bangs Ambulance were also on scene.

Jeff Stein

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