ITHACA, N.Y. – An Ithaca man is facing multiple charges after an investigation into a vandalism at Cornell University led to his arrest this week.

Cornell Police arrested Geofree A. Tze-Tabakov, 21, who has since been charged with felony third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

“Tze-Tabakov has been the subject of a number of incidents recently,” Cornell Police wrote in a news release.

According to court records, Tze-Tabakov was served a persona non grata on March 31, forbidding him from entering any Cornell University property. Police say the defendant was charged with trespassing at Alice Cooke House, a west campus residential facility, on April 22 and Hans Bethe House, another west campus residential facility on May 7. Tze-Takabov was released on an appearance ticket for both incidents.

The recent charges are related to a vandalism incident reported on May 9 in Sibley Hall, a central campus building. Police say Tze-Tabakov spray painted the building using a stencil of Cornell University President Martha Pollack’s face.

Tze-Tabakov was arraigned in Ithaca City Court on Tuesday and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail on $50,000 dollar cash or $100,000 dollar bail bond. He is due back in Ithaca City Court on May 21st.

Alyvia Covert

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