UPDATE 6:39 P.M. — Ithaca Police Department announced arrests have been made in a stabbing that occurred Sunday evening on South Avenue.
IPD arrested Tahajjuddin Abdur- Rashid, Thomas Payton-Harp and an unnamed 16-year-old adolescent for Attempted Robbery in the First Degree, and Gang Assault in the Second Degree.
Based on its investigation, IPD believes the crime was motivated by robbery and not any sort of prejudice of bias, says the release.
IPD ask that anyone with information relevant to the incident that has not yet spoken with the Ithaca Police Department to contact the IPD in any of the following ways:
Police Dispatch: (607)-272-3245
Police Administration: (607)-272-9973
Anonymous Email Tip Address: www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips
ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca Police say that a Cornell University student was stabbed on South Avenue Sunday in an apparent attempt robbery.
IPD officers responded to a call from an individual saying their friend was stabbed. Two IPD officers and Tompkins County Sheriffs deputy responded and located the victim, according to a release from the department.
A witness, and then law enforcement, gave aid to the victim until Bangs Ambulance and Ithaca Fire Department personnel arrived.
The victim, a 23-year-old, male, Cornell University student, was walking on South Ave approaching the intersection of West Ave when he was approached by “a group of unknown male subjects.” according to Cornell University Police.
One of the subjects demanded the victim’s phone and wallet. The victim refused and then fled westbound on South Ave.
While he was fleeing down South Ave, one of the subjects gave chase, and stabbed him in the back, before the group of suspects fled westbound on South Ave, says CUPD.
The victim was then transported by Bangs to a regional trauma center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The victim described the group was made up of one white male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and three black males, wearing dark clothing, no further description was given to police by the victim.
The Ithaca Fire Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department and Cornell University Police Department assisted IPD on the scene.
IPD is acting as lead agency in the investigation and are actively investigating several leads, according to the release.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Ithaca Police Department at (607)-272-9973.
Information can also be submitted through the IPD Tip Line, cityofithaca.org/police.
This story was updated with additional information about the altercation from Cornell University Police Department.