ITHACA, N.Y.—A female victim has reported that she was walking on the 100 block of South Meadow Street at approximately 9:45 p.m. on April 17 when she was grabbed by a group of four male subjects.

The victim was pulled into the parking lot of a nearby closed business and was touched against her will by the subjects.

The victim reported that the attackers fled on foot, and at this time there seems to be no prior relationship between the victim and suspects.

The victim also reported that the suspects were wearing COVID-style face masks, and that there was one black male and three hispanic males, all estimated to be in their twenties. The suspects were reported to be wearing dark colored clothing and hooded sweatshirts, and one sweatshirt was dark green.

The investigation is ongoing and any witnesses to any part of the incident are asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department dispatch at (607)272-3245, police tipline at (607)330-0000 or

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at