ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca Police Department is investigating a robbery and assault that took place during a party on Thurston Avenue over the weekend.

At 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, police and a Bangs Ambulance responded to 140 Thurston Avenue after a report of a robbery of cookies and a wallet. Police said that one male victim claimed three unknown party guests had entered a residence and stolen a plate of cookies and his wallet.

When the victim went to get his belongings back, two of the guests “began punching him in the head.” The three unknown guests then fled the residence with the cookies and the wallet. The victim was sent to Cayuga Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

The three suspects were described as the following: a male, wearing a ski mask and a black jacket; a heavy-set Hispanic male wearing a black jacket and jeans; and a tall Black man with curly hair and wearing a pink shirt. They are all believed to be in their 20s, according to police. No more information is being released currently by police.

Police are asking for witnesses to contact them. Those who wish to remain anonymous may do so. Any questions can be directed to the Office of the Chief of Police or the Criminal Investigations Division during normal business hours.

Contact information:

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

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at