Ithaca, N.Y. — A man faces criminal charges after stabbing a victim in the chest in downtown Ithaca Friday afternoon, according to the Ithaca Police Department.


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The victim suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Bruce R Mead II, 21, of Ithaca, faces two counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon — both felonies.

Here’s the account of the incident given by police:

At around 1:34 p.m., officers were called to North Cayuga Street and Buffalo Street for a reported stabbing.

There, they found a victim with two stab wounds to the chest. They were then told that the suspect had fled the area on foot.

The victim was treated and then rushed to the hospital. Based on evidence gathered by police from the victim and witnesses, the suspect — later identified as Mead — was arrested.

Mead was arraigned in Ithaca City Court by Judge Miller and sent to the Tompkins County Jail.

He will be held without bail.

The police account gave no details about what caused the stabbing.

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Jeff Stein

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