ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca man who is accused of stabbing a person in September 2016 was indicted in Tompkins County Court on Friday afternoon on charges of assault and carrying an illegal weapon.

Khaliq Gale was named a suspect shortly after an incident where a 27-year-old man from Dryden was stabbed on the Stewart Avenue bridge in Ithaca. Court documents later showed that Gale was trying to buy marijuana from the Dryden man, Zachary M. Pealo, when the deal took a bad turn.

Pealo told police that he and Gale were walking to his car to get the marijuana. When they arrived at the car, Gale grabbed the drugs and ran toward the bridge, and Pealo ran after him. When Pealo caught up to the suspect, he said he felt a pain in his left thigh.

Police respond to the scene of a stabbing on the Stewart Avenue bridge on Sept. 27, 2016. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

I went to my knees, tried to get up, reached down and touched my leg. That is when I saw blood on my hand,” he said in court documents. 

Gale turned himself into the police in October after officials released a photo of him to the public after they were unable to find him. He was arrested and jailed on a $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond, which he posted.

Gale was indicted on first-degree assault, second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Gale currently remains out on bail.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.