Stewart Ave stabbing suspect turns himself in at Ithaca Police HQ

A suspect identified earlier this week in a stabbing incident last month that sparked a “shelter in place” alert to Cornell students has turned himself in to Ithaca police, according to a police statement.

Khaliq Gale turned himself in at police HQ today. Photo provided.

Khaliq Gale turned himself in at police HQ today. Photo provided.

21-year-old Khaliq Gale of Ithaca came to Ithaca Police Department headquarters on Friday, “accompanied by his attorney,” according to police.

Police investigating the September 28 stabbing on Stewart Avenue in Collegetown  had determined that the attacker and victim knew each other — that it wasn’t a random assault, as originally thought. IPD announced on Tuesday that they were looking for Gale, described at the time as “a light-skinned black male with long hair usually worn in braids or a bun atop his head.” Police said on Tuesday that a second suspect who had displayed a handgun during the incident, described as a black male last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, hadn’t yet been identified.

Gale has been booked on a felony charge of assault in the second degree and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a weapon. He was arraigned in front of Judge Scott Miller in Ithaca City Court and remanded to Tompkins County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. Judge Miller also issued an order of protection against Gale.

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