ITHACA, N.Y.–The Ithaca Police Department announced arrests in two separate incidents in Ithaca, a stabbing assault and a sexual assault, that took place in the city. The arrests were both made last month.

Police said that Mohamed Osman, 27, was taken into custody after an investigation into a sexual assault that took place on College Avenue on Aug. 26, 2021. He was indicted by a grand jury. Osman was arrested on Oct. 15, 2021.

Osman is charged with first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree attempted rape, first-degree sex abuse and criminal obstruction of breathing. The actual indictment itself does not provide very much information about the circumstances of what Osman is being accused of.

Other than that, 54 year-old Duane Magee was arrested in connection with an assault that occurred in the 300 block of West State Street on Oct. 11, 2021. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

The police’s charging document states that Magee was out front of the Southern Tier AIDS Project building on West State Street when he allegedly argued with and then slashed the leg of another person one time with a machete.

A follow-up inquiry to the Ithaca Police Department regarding whether or not Magee would face additional charges has not yet been answered. He was arraigned and remanded to Tompkins County Jail.

Matt Butler

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