UPDATE, May 27: An arrest has now been made in this incident.

ITHACA, N.Y. –– The Ithaca Police Department is investigating an assault that took place Friday morning. 

In a press release prepared by IPD Lieutenant Ted Schwartz, police claim a victim was set on fire while inside a parked vehicle. Police responded to the incident, which took place in a parking lot at the 100 block of Chestnut Street, at approximately at 9 a.m. The victim, unnamed, was then taken to a regional hospital by helicopter.

This is an ongoing investigation. In the media release, police provided a photo of its person of interest, though no written descriptors were included in the release. In the picture, the person of interest is wearing dark clothing and has long, dark hair. Police did not state in the release that the person of interest is a suspect of the crime. The press release also did not say if this attack was motivated nor if the person of interest is dangerous.

Police said that should anyone with information that pertains to this incident or the person of interest should contact the department below:

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245

Police Administration: 607-272-9973

Police Tipline: 607-330-0000

Anonymous Email Tip Address: www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips