Update: On Oct. 29, around 1:16 a.m., a member of the Ithaca Police Department observed Evan M. Gottlieb, 20, of the City of Ithaca, on the 400 block of College Ave. The IPD member recognized the defendant through the investigation into the reported forcible touching complaint on Oct. 27. IPD officers, with the assistance of Cornell University Police, stopped Gottlieb and identified him. He provided his information without incident and was free to go following his identification while the investigation continued.
When the investigation was completed, it was determined that Gottlieb would be charged with 2 counts of forcible touching. Gottlieb was arrested and booked on the charges. He is scheduled to appear in the City of Ithaca Court at a later date.
Original Story: Around 2 a.m. on Oct. 27, the Ithaca Police Department responded to a forcible touching incident on the 200 block of Stewart Avenue. Before officers arrived on the scene, though, the suspect fled the area. Officers later learned, in the initial phase of the investigation, the suspect forcibly touched two victims. The suspect in question is described as a white male in his mid-20’s with a prominent jawline, short blonde hair, a slender build, and was wearing a gray t-shirt.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. The Ithaca Police Department is asking all additional witnesses or anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the subject to contact Ithaca Police immediately.
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