UPDATE, 11:34 P.M. –– The Ithaca Police Department has released incident details that prompted a SWIFT911 alert earlier today, including that the “person with a weapon” is still at large, but not believed to be dangerous to the public.

According to the police report released to the media, at approximately 5:37 p.m., IPD officers responded to Abbott Lane, “for a report of a male subject in the area menacing a female subject with a handgun.”

Officers claim that upon arrival the suspect was attempting to flee from the area in his vehicle, but that when he saw police he then attempted to flee on foot “while holding an object in his waistband which was believed to be the handgun he
used to menace the victim/complainant” prior to police arrival.

The police narrative is that the suspect then ran through the West Village Apartments complex, where he was met by officers who were arriving to assist. The report then states the suspect ran away from law enforcement into a nearby wooded area while “still holding the item believed to be a handgun in his waistband.”

With assistance from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police, police say they set up a perimeter of about a two-block radius, but were unable to locate the suspect. Despite issuing the initial “stay indoors” recommendation, it seems upon further investigation police decided the suspect was not a danger to the public because the suspect and the victim/complainant are “known to each other” and the incident does not “appear to be a random act of violence.”

The report also adds that despite the apparent threat of violence, nobody was physically injured during the incident.

In the report prepared by IPD Sergeant Thomas W. Condzella, IPD says the suspect is also “known to police” and claim he is on parole for prior charges involving weapons possession.

Police are not releasing any further information and say the “investigation is ongoing.” They ask that if anyone has information regarding this matter or witnessed any part of the interaction to contact the Ithaca Police Department by any of the following means, and that those who wish to remain anonymous may do so.

Any questions can also be directed to the Office of the Chief of Police during normal business hours.

Police Dispatch: (607)272-3245
Police Administration: (607)272-9973
Police Tipline: (607)330-0000
Email: policeinfo@cityofithaca.org
Anonymous Tip Submission: www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips

Original story continues below

ITHACA, N.Y. –– The search for an armed person on West Hill by the Ithaca Police was labeled “cleared” Monday evening shortly after Tompkins County Dispatch sent a Swift911 alert to residents advising them to “stay indoors until further notice.” Just nine minutes after the first alert was sent through the county’s emergency messaging system, the stay indoors request was rescinded.

Police have not said that anyone was taken into custody as a result of the search at this time. It is unclear what further operations, if any, IPD is conducting in connection to the search. Dispatch confirmed that units from Tompkins County Sheriffs and New York State Police, which were called in to help the search, have been released.

Little details are known at this time, though according to Tompkins County Dispatch initial reports of a “person with a weapon” on Abbott Lane near the West Village Apartments were communicated at around 5:30 p.m. Several police units were then deployed and checked the area, before it was “cleared” by IPD at around 6:45 p.m., shortly after which the Swift911 alert was canceled.

Attempts for comment from Ithaca Police were not returned. This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com