Editor’s Note: This story has been updated Aug. 19, 2019, to reflect the resolution of the charges. Though police initially charged Ethan Dysert with a felony, he ultimately pleaded guilty to the charge of second-degree harassment, a violation, in June 2015 and was sentenced to a conditional discharge.

Ithaca, N.Y. — A man found by authorities on Cornell’s campus faces assault charges after kicking a member of the Bangs medical staff earlier this month, according to records filed in Ithaca City Court.


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Ethan M. Dysert, 20, of 2 Forest Park Lane in Ithaca, was charged with second-degree assault — a felony — after the alleged attack. An arrest report also appeared in the Ithaca Police Department’s crime log.

Dysert is accused of breaking free from leg restraints and kicking EMS personnel in the face, according to police records. Dysert was treated by Bangs after law enforcement found him on Cornell’s campus.

Authorities have not confirmed if Dysert is enrolled as a Cornell student. A man with the same name and middle initial is a student at the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, according to a Cornell official.

Here’s the account of the incident, according to Ithaca City Court records:

At around 3:48 a.m. on April 12, emergency responders were called to Cornell’s campus for an intoxicated subject.

Bangs medical staff arrived to find Dysert being restrained by police. He was taken into an ambulance.

“The patient began to swing his legs upward and kick me multiple times in the face and left side of my head. With the assistance of my partner I was able to restrain his lower extremities with soft restraints,” the Bangs staffer later told police.

The ambulance had to stop at the intersections of West Buffalo Street and North Fulton Street “while the patient was kicking me in the head,” the Bangs paramedic also told police.

“I continued to transport the patient to the hospital and rendered advanced life support care,” the Bangs paramedic said, according to court records.

Bangs took Dysert to the Cayuga Medical Center, where they learned that he had given them a fake name, according to the Bangs staffer’s testimony to police.

“I want criminal charges pressed against Ethan Dysert to the fullest extent of the law for attacking me while attempting to render aid to him in the ambulance,” the Bangs staffer told police.

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Jeff Stein

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