ITHACA, N.Y — A man is facing charges after he allegedly stole a laptop from a Cornell student working in a library on campus and then threatened to stab at least one person who tried to chase him down, court records show.

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Kelsey Q. McBean, 21, is charged with a felony for third-degree robbery and misdemeanors for third-degree menacing and petit larceny.

According to court records, a Cornell student was typing on a MacBook Pro laptop around 5:40 p.m. in a cubicle at the Carl A. Kroch Library. McBean allegedly approached the student from behind, closed the laptop and ran off with it.

The person chased McBean, with the help of several other students, to the McGraw clock tower where McBean told them, “Watch out bro, you don’t want to get stabbed.” McBean then went into the clock tower while the people who gave chase closed the door behind him and waited for campus police to arrive.

The student who owned the laptop fell and hurt his elbow during the chase and EMS responded to treat his injury.

Police said in court documents that McBean confessed to stealing the laptop.

Mcbean is scheduled to appear in Ithaca City Court at 11 a.m. Thursday.

He is allegedly the son of Tompkins County legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, a District 1 Tompkins County Legislature, the Cornell Daily Sun is reporting.

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Jolene Almendarez

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