ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place in downtown Ithaca late on the night of Saturday, Feb. 27.

The incident allegedly occurred around 11 p.m., when two victims reported that they were driving east on West State Street when they pulled over on the 300 block near the Ithaca Fire Department to answer a phone call. Police said the victims were then confronted by a group of “four or five persons” who approached the car and asked for money.

The victims initially refused, but one man in the group reached into the victim’s vehicle and took a backpack from a woman in the car. Another man in the group then “approached the driver and stated that they were robbing the victims.” According to police, that interaction ended with the man using “an edged weapon and sliced the neck of the male driver.” Once the driver felt blood coming from his neck, he drove to the hospital and received medical treatment. He was released Sunday morning from Cayuga Medical Center.

Police did not provide any description of the suspects.

Anyone who may have information related to this incident is asked to contact the IPD Investigations Division through any of the following methods:

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Police Tipline: 607-330-0000
Anonymous Email Tip Address:

Matt Butler

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