Ithaca, N.Y. — A pedestrian walking alone a few blocks from the Ithaca Commons early Saturday morning was pepper sprayed, tripped and threatened by three suspects, according to police.

Two juveniles have been arrested and identified by the pedestrian as his assailants. Their names are not being released because they are underage.

A third person suspected in the attack remains at large. Ithaca police are continuing to investigate.

A police press release based on the victim’s report gave this account of the attempted robbery:

At around 1:10 a.m. on the 400 block of West State Street, three men demanded money from the pedestrian.

One of the men displayed a knife “and swung the knife at the victim in a slashing motion,” police said.

One of the assailants used a “water gun type instrument” to spray the pedestrian with pepper spray. The victim tried fleeing, but the men attempted to trip him up.

The pedestrian tried going east on West State Street. When a group of people began approaching from the west end of the Commons, the assailants stopped the robbery attempt and fled.

The victim was soon helped by bystanders in the area. He entered a business and began “decontaminating from the spray that he was exposed to,” police said.

No significant physical injuries were reported, police said.


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Jeff Stein

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