Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca man had to be hospitalized after he was stabbed in the face by his own brother on Tuesday, police records show.

The fight occurred in broad daylight on the 300 block of West State Street around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Jedidiah J. Suber, 30, has been arrested on felony assault charges. He was taken into Ithaca police custody last night.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police say they found him with lacerations to his upper torso and face.


The brothers began arguing outside the Department of Social Services building over threats Suber had made against their mother, according to police records.

They began by pushing each other. Then Suber produced a black-and-yellow box cutter and slashed his brother in the neck, records say.

Here’s what the records say happened next:

Suber put the victim in a headlock and continued to stab him. Both brothers fell to the ground. The victim was cut in the lip.

“He continued to choke me and cut me at the same time,” the victim said. “I almost blacked out.”

The victim asked Suber to drop the box cutter. He held Suber’s arm to try to get him to stop the stabbing.

“I started to feel as if I was going to pass out,” the victim later told police. “I saw blood but was not sure where I was cut.”

The victim eventually worked his way free by pulling Suber’s arm off his neck.

The victim says he then heard police sirens and watched as Suber took off down the street.

“I wish to press charges against my brother,” the victim said.

What Suber says

An Ithaca police officer relayed his conversation with Suber, the defendant, in police documents.

According to the officer, Suber said: “I got in a fight with my brother. He just started swinging on me. I didn’t do anything to him.’”

The officer goes on to quote Suber as saying, “I didn’t do anything wrong. People just started yelling: ‘Run!’ I was like, ‘Why am I running?’”

Corroborating witnesses

At least two other people gave police a description of the attack that matched the one provided by Suber’s brother.

One person told police that she saw the stabbing from the Department of Social Services building at 320 West State Street.

Another person was interviewed by police. The interview was made available in public court records.

This person gave a similar account of the attack and said it was ended when two bystanders in a green SUV got out of their vehicle to break up the fight.

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Jeff Stein

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