ITHACA, N.Y. –– Police say they are looking into an attempted robbery that took place early Saturday morning on State Street.

Law enforcement states in a press release that at approximately 2:29 a.m. the Ithaca Police Department responded to the 300 block of West State Street for a report of an attempted robbery that had just occurred.

Lieutenant Barry Banfield, who prepared the report, states that while the suspects had fled the scene prior to police arrival, officers were able to get a story from the victim. The victim’s account states that while he was out for a walk in the 300 block of West State Street when a black male and a black female “came up to him and started to grab him and attempted to reach into his pockets.”

He reportedly told the subjects he had no property on him and to “leave him alone.”
Afterwhich he was “struck in the head with a metal folding chair” before the subjects fled the scene. Presumably, as a result of this assault, the victim is stated to have had lacerations and contusions to his head, and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.

Police say that at this time the investigation is ongoing, there are no further details available for release. They ask that anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department through the following means.

Police Dispatch: (607)272-3245
Police Administration: (607)272-9973
Police Tipline: (607)330-0000
Anonymous Tip Submission:

Anna Lamb

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