ITHACA, N.Y.—An Ithaca man is in custody after what Ithaca police say was a hate-based harassment incident in the bathroom of Wegmans.

The incident happened on Thursday, Jan. 7, around 8:40 p.m. Police responded to Wegmans on South Meadow Street after an Ithaca man, identified as Adam House, 35 years old, entered the bathroom and accosted the victim. Police say House and the victim did not know each other.

House allegedly began screaming threats at the victim, which included racist slurs and death threats, and punched the bathroom stall. The victim was subsequently able to escape the bathroom, finding a store employee who helped call police. House was still in the bathroom when police arrived and was taken into custody without incident.

He was charged with second degree Hate Crime Aggravated Harrassment, which is a Class A misdemeanor. The victim did not request an order of protection, so House was released with an appearance ticket and has a court appearance scheduled for Jan. 27 at 9 a.m.

Previously, House was arrested and charged with a felony for killing a family dog in Danby.

Matt Butler

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