ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca police have identified a suspect who stabbed a man in the leg last week on the Stewart Avenue bridge.

Khaliq Gale was named as a suspect by police Tuesday afternoon, and officials said they have been unable to find him. The second suspect at the scene, who is still unidentified, displayed a gun at the scene, police said.

The stabbing happened around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday on the 400 block of Stewart Avenue, directly by the Cascadilla Gorge. A 27-year-old Dryden man was taken to a hospital in a Bangs Ambulance with a “serious” injury he is recovering from.

Related — UPDATE: Police release description of two Stewart Ave. stabbing suspects

While initial reports claimed that the man confronted two people stealing items from his vehicle before being stabbed, police have since said that the victim and suspect know each other.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact them at

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245

Police Administration: 607-272-9973

Crime Stoppers Tipline: 607-697-0333

Email Tip Address: http://www.cityofithaca.org/FormCenter/Ithaca-Police-Department-5/Ithaca-Police-Department-Tipline-47

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The following is the entire news release by IPD:  

On September 28, 2016 at about 7:41 pm IPD officers responded to a stabbing in the 400 block of Stewart Avenue. Investigators have developed information that during that incident a subject named Khaliq Gale and another male became involved in a dispute with two other people.

Investigators have determined that during the dispute Gale stabbed one of these subjects in the leg. Investigators have also determined that the second suspect displayed a handgun during this dispute.

Investigators have been unable to locate Gale or the other suspect as of yet. Khaliq Gale is wanted as a suspect in this stabbing. Gale is a light-skinned black male with long hair usually worn in braids or a bun atop his head. The identity of the suspect that displayed the handgun is not known at this time. This suspect is described as a black male last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

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.