ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man has been indicted on charges that he stabbed a woman during a fight on West State Street.

Ramello Q. Jackson, 18, of Ithaca, was indicted Wednesday in Tompkins County Court on charges of felony second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

According to records filed in Tompkins County Court, Jackson stabbed a woman in the chest with an unknown weapon.

At about 7 p.m. Oct. 8, the woman said she and her boyfriend were on the 500 block of West State Street when Jackson approached them. The victim said she knew Jackson just from growing up in Ithaca. She said they got into an argument that escalated into a physical fight, and did not know who threw the first punch.

While they were fighting, the woman said another man who she did not know came and tackled the two men to break up the fight. Records say the woman then grabbed Jackson accidentally, thinking it was her boyfriend since they were wearing the same shirt.

When she realized she was holding Jackson, she let him go, records state. She told police that Jackson then turned around and punched her in the left, upper chest. She told police it hurt, but she just wanted him to go so she told him to leave.

The woman said Jackson ran off. She said she could feel pain in her chest and was thinking “Wow, he hits hard,” records say. Then she said she saw a lot of blood on her shirt. Her boyfriend drove her to the hospital and she said she did not realize she was stabbed until the doctor told her, records say.

The woman said she never saw a knife in Jackson’s hand, but said the only time she was hit was when he punched her.

Jackson was arrested by Ithaca police Nov. 15.

Jackson is due to be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Tompkins County Court.

Kelsey O'Connor

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