Ithaca, N.Y. — A woman in Collegetown held a knife to a cab driver, got in his vehicle and almost sped away before the driver grabbed hold of her arm in an attempted robbery Monday night, according to a news release from Ithaca police Sgt. Jacob A. Young.

The woman was gone by the time Ithaca police arrived on scene.

Around 9:01 p.m., Ithaca police were called to the intersection of Eddy Street and East Buffalo Street for the reported attempted robbery.

Here’s the account they gave of the crime:

Police found minor cuts on the cab driver’s arm. He reported that a woman held a knife to him, “and stated that she was taking his cab and he needed to get out.”

“The driver of the cab got out and the female suspect then got into the driver seat,” police say. “As the female suspect was attempting to put the cab into gear the driver, who was now outside the cab, grabbed the female suspects arm, eventually causing her to drop the knife.”

At that point, a second cab arrived. A female got out of the first cab and ran away.

She’s described as a  white female, 19-25 Years of Age, approximately 5’ 8” tall, of thin build, shoulder length dirty blonde and curly hair, last seen wearing a white t-shirt.

“Other responding Ithaca Police Units were assisted by Cornell Police and set up a perimeter in the immediate area,” Sgt. Young’s news release said. “A detailed foot search was then conducted in the area, but the suspect was not located.”

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Jeff Stein

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