ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca police have arrested a man from Ithaca that allegedly followed and harassed a group of women and threatened them with an ice pick early Saturday morning.

At about 1:55 a.m. Saturday, officers from the Ithaca Police Department responded to the 200 block of South Plain Street for a report of a man following several women and harassing them. While officers were on the way, they were informed the man had a knife.

When officers arrived on scene, the women told them that the man threatened them with what they believed to be an ice pick, “by displaying it and motioning as though he was stabbing them with it.” Officers located the man, identified as 34-year-old Tarrant Sheppard, nearby.

Police say Sheppard resisted arrest and physically fought with officers, but he was eventually secured in custody. At IPD headquarters, Sheppard repeatedly threatened violence and spit at officers, police said.

Sheppard was charged with first-degree menacing, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies, and second-degree obstructing a governmental administration and first-degree harassment, misdemeanors.

Sheppard was arraigned Saturday in Ithaca City Court.

Kelsey O'Connor

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