ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca police are investigating two assaults that occurred early morning Friday and Saturday in Downtown Ithaca.
The first incident police reported occurred early Saturday morning. On Monday, police reported that a second assault took place the night before.
At about 3:11 a.m. Friday, police responded the intersection of South Cayuga and West Green streets for a report that a man had been assaulted.
The man told police that four people he did not know approached him and began to kick and punch him without provocation. During the assault, his wallet and belongings from his pockets were stolen. The man walked to a nearby gas station to call for help after the assault.
The man had “significant injuries” to his face and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The only description being released at this time, police said, is that the suspects were described as four black men.
In addition to this assault Friday, police reported another man was stabbed on the Ithaca Commons early Saturday. Police released a similar description of the suspects.
Officer Jamie Williamson, public information officer for the IPD, said at this time it’s too early to say whether the incidents are connected. Williamson said the victims are different in both cases, but it’s too early to say if the suspects are the same.
“It’s way too early to tell,” Williamson said. “We’re in the information gathering stage at this point. I don’t think it would be appropriate to draw conclusions that they are linked or that suspects are same in both incidents. We’re aware of the similarities.”
After the two assaults in one weekend, police are taking measures “to both solve these two crimes as well as prevent future similar crimes,” Williamson said.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Ithaca Police Department.
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