Officers in Ithaca Police’s patrol division were dispatched to an emergency call of a fight in progress at a local business shortly after 7 p.m. on Nov. 1. The caller reported an aggressor was actively involved in the fight and was spitting on the victim and others. The victim received lacerations to their face and other extremities as a result of the fight.
A description of the suspect was given to officers and the first officer on the scene located the suspect walking nearby, harassing other people in the area. While the officer attempted to gain the suspect’s verbal compliance, the suspect refused to cease his aggressive behavior. He was later physically taken into custody. The single officer on the scene was aided by others who were also on the scene.
Additional officers soon arrived on the scene with the suspect being held in place until a spit hood could be applied since he was continuously spitting on officers. A search of the suspect incident to his arrest yielded a two-foot-long concealed machete. Once the suspect was under control, officers determined he was experiencing contaminated thoughts, either due to mental hygiene or substance abuse. The suspect was later taken to a local hospital for evaluation for his and the public’s safety. He was found to be uninjured.
The suspect has been charged with assault in the third degree for the incident. At this time, Ithaca Police have not released his name. Police officials report the reason the suspect’s name is being withheld is since he was transported to a hospital for possible medical-related issues whether that be mental health-related or substance abuse related. No officers were injured as a result of the incident.