Epiphany Kearney

ITHACA, N.Y. — Police say a woman punched an Ithaca police officer in the face early Sunday morning during a dispute, prompting the officer to subdue the woman with pepper spray.

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Epiphany Kearney, 22, of Ithaca, is charged with a violation for second-degree harassment and a misdemeanor for second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

Epiphany Kearney

Officials released the following details about the incident:

On July 26, 2015 at about 1:15 am an IPD Police Officer on foot patrol heard a dispute in the100 block of South Cayuga Street.

The officer observed a group of people arguing and approached the group to disperse them from the area. The group instead became increasingly hostile towards each other.

While attempting to calm the group and disperse them from the area one of the people in the group punched the officer in the face. The officer administered pepper spray to subdue the female who punched her. Other officers arrived on scene and secured the female in handcuffs.

The female was identified as Epiphany Kearney. Kearney was transported to IPDHQ for booking and decontamination.

Kearney was charged with Harassment in the Second Degree, a Violation, and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Kearney was released to a sober third party with a return court date of August 12, 2015 at 0900 Hrs.

The officer sustained a bloody and swollen lip but did not require medical attention.

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Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.