Mead II

Warning: Some of the language in this story contains graphic depictions


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Ithaca, N.Y. — Around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, a woman a block away from the Dewitt Mall in downtown Ithaca saw a man wearing a blue hoodie, baggy pants and blue baseball cap approach a group of four men sitting on the curb.

Something happened, and the group of men began arguing with the man with the blue baseball cap. Then the man with the blue cap got really close to one of the men in the other group, “getting in his face, almost nose to nose,” the woman would later say. The man with the group then punched the man in the blue cap twice in the jaw, according to the woman.

That’s when police say the assailant in the blue cap — later identified by authorities as Bruce Mead II, 30 — pulled out his silver pocket knife.

“The suspect charges at the victim with a closed fist, as if someone would stab another person in a very angry, aggressive manner,” the woman later told police. “The suspect did this twice, really fast.”

Mead then ran off toward the Commons. The men who were with the victim ran off after Mead.

Mead II

Meanwhile, “the victim was bleeding heavily, with blood dripping from his hoody. The victim took his sweatshirt off and you could see the blood just charging down his chest (some serious heavy bleeding).”

The victim was approached by another woman who started yelling frantically and screaming. “She kept saying, ‘Who did this to you?,’” according to court records.

Police later found and arrested Mead. The Ithaca resident now faces charges for second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Mead was arraigned in Ithaca City Court by Judge Miller and sent to the Tompkins County Jail. He is set to appear in court later this week. No bail was set for his release.

The victim was taken to Cayuga Medical Center after the stabbing caused “substantial bleeding,” according to court records.

The victim also spoke with police. “I believe this guy is a delinquent and he needs to be off the streets,” the victim said, according to court records. “I agree with whatever the courts decide for him.”

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Jeff Stein

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