Woman fends off mugger in downtown Ithaca attack

Police say a woman was attacked while walking toward the Ithaca Commons on Friday evening, but “was able to retain all of her property” and suffered only minor injuries in the assault.

Ithaca Police DepartmentAccording to a statement from Sgt. Derek Necheporek of the Ithaca Police Department, officers responded to the 200 block of South Geneva Street, southwest of the Ithaca Commons in Downtown Ithaca, for a report of an assault at about 6:54pm on Friday.

The unidentified female victim reported that she had been struck in the head from behind “by an unknown person” who then continued to hit her in the face and attempt to pull her purse away from her, after she fell to the ground.

The attacker fled after the woman let out “several loud screams,” according to police. Some people nearby reported hearing the screams and came to the victim’s aid, but the attacker had already fled. The mugger was described as “a black male, possibly female, wearing jeans and a dark green hooded sweatshirt.”

IPD asks that anyone who might know more about the incident, or with other information that might aid their investigation, contact them through police dispatch at 607-272-3245, the administration line at 607-272-9973, the Crimestoppers Tipline at 607-697-0333, or the anonymous online tip form.

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