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.

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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 Bryant Corey, 26, for a cigarette. The two men did not previously know each other.

Corey said he was on his way to buy a pack and offered to give one to Camel afterward. While the two walked to a nearby gas station, Camel asked Corey if he wanted to buy marijuana for $50 — a price Corey later said is a “good deal.”

Kasheen Camel

Corey 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, Corey demanded to see the marijuana before handing over the cash and Camel demanded the cash before letting Corey see the drug.

Corey, deciding that Camel was acting suspicious, tried to leave the stairwell when Camel gabbed him by the wrist and said he was an undercover police officer, demanding that Corey stop resisting arrest.

Camel then allegedly pulled Corey down the stairs and they began wrestling until Camel was able to wrap his arm around Corey’s neck and tried stealing the money from his pocket.

Camel fled the scene after two men heard Corey’s cried for help and ran toward them.

Later, Corey 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.

After Corey again ID’d Camel as his attacker in a photo line-up at the police station, officials took Camel into custody when he appeared at Ithaca City Court for a separate charge, Officer Jamie Williamson said.

He’s scheduled to appear in court again on Jan. 6.

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Jolene Almendarez

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.