Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca College student was watching TV with her boyfriend early Sunday morning when they heard what sounded like two groups of kids gathering on the street outside their door.
It sounded at first like they were just talking. Then it sounded like a fight was breaking out.
Suddenly, one of the maybe 10 people outside on South Hill’s Hillview Place started yelling.
“He got stabbed! He got stabbed!,” someone shouted, according to Amanda, an Ithaca College student in the class of 2016 who asked that her last name not be used.
Police would later find a victim who had been stabbed multiple times in the abdomen on the 300 block of Hillview Place. The person, who has not been identified, was taken to a regional trauma center around 12:46 a.m.
The Ithaca Police Department is investigating the crime. The victim, who police say did not know his assailant, was treated by officers until Bangs Ambulance arrived. Police say they are looking for a Chrysler 300 sedan that’s grey or light blue in connection with the stabbing.
Officer Jamie Williamson wrote in a press release, “Several hundred people were in the immediate area at the time of the stabbing; however, many of the subjects were unable to provide any information or suspect description.”
Several residents of the area who spoke with The Voice on Sunday said they didn’t know who had been stabbed and hadn’t been home when the crime occurred.
The Ithaca College students of at least two houses on the block said they were troubled by the news but had no other information.
Amanda’s housemates said they were coming back from downtown Ithaca when they saw a huge police presence on their block. Like Amanda, they said they were frightened to learn of a violent attack so close to their homes.
When the stabbing happened, Amanda turned the TV to mute. Her boyfriend peeked out the window to see a body crumpled on the street.
Amanda didn’t look.
“The cops were here until 3 a.m.,” she said. “It was definitely alarming.”