Update 08/24/2022: The victim’s name, originally published in this article, has been removed along with other information that could be used to identify them.
ITHACA, N.Y. — A man was charged last week after allegedly attacking and robbing a person over a month ago in Ithaca, court records say.
Kasheen Camel, 38, is charged with third-degree robbery and was released on his own recognizance last week.
Court documents dictated the following narrative:
Around 7:40 p.m. on Nov. 6, Camel was standing outside Hotel Ithaca on Cayuga Street when he asked a pedestrian on the street for a cigarette. The two people did not previously know each other.
This pedestrian, who would become the victim of the robbery and attack, is reported to have said that they were on their way to buy a pack and offered to give one to Camel afterward. While the two walked to a nearby gas station, Camel asked if the victim if they wanted to buy marijuana for $50 — a price later said is a “good deal.”
The victim took out $100 from an ATM at the gas station, bought cigarettes and followed Camel to a stairwell at the Henry St. John Building at 115 W. Clinton St. so they could make the sale in private.
But in the stairwell, the victim demanded to see the marijuana before handing over the cash and Camel demanded the cash before letting the victim see the weed.
The victim, deciding that Camel was acting suspicious, tried to leave the stairwell when Camel grabbed them by the wrist and said he was an undercover police officer, demanding that the victim stop resisting arrest.
Camel then allegedly pulled the victim down the stairs. They began wrestling until Camel was able to wrap his arm around the victim’s neck and tried stealing the money from their pocket.
Camel fled the scene after two men heard the victim crying for help and ran toward the scene.
Later, the victim recognized Camel near the intersection of East Green and South Cayuga streets. Police were called to the scene and collected identifying information from Camel before letting him go.
He’s scheduled to appear in court again on Jan. 6.