ITHACA, N.Y.—In a continuation of the recent spate of violent incidents in Ithaca, the Ithaca Police Department is investigating two separate stabbings that took place in the City of Ithaca on Monday.

While both of the incidents happened within about 40 minutes of one another, police said they are not thought to be related. They follow two shootings and a stabbing that took place late last week, a rare string of violence locally.

First, there was a stabbing reported at the Walmart in Ithaca around 4:10 p.m. on Oct. 11. In that incident, police arrived on scene to find one victim who had been stabbed in the abdomen “during an altercation,” according to the police’s announcement. The suspect fled on foot before police arrived.

Bystanders were helping the victim and Bangs Ambulance eventually took over upon arrival. The victim was subsequently transported to a regional trauma center via helicopter, and their current condition was not provided by the police.

The suspect was described as the following: a white male with facial hair, approximately 30 years of age, between 5’6″ and 5’7″ and 150 lbs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black sneakers with white bottoms, according to police.

In the other stabbing incident, reported around 4:43 p.m., police responded to the Southern Tier AIDS Program building on West State Street. There they found a victim with a stab wound to the leg after a fight with “other unidentified persons in the area,” according to police. No suspect information or description was provided by police, who said no information was available.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for a non-life-threatening stab wound to the leg. Police are asking any witnesses to assist them with information as soon as possible.

Any questions can be directed to the Office of the Chief of Police or the Criminal Investigations Division during normal business hours.

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

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com