The Ithaca Police Department says an arrest has been made in the homicide case of Anthony Nazaire, the Ithaca College student from Brooklyn who died in late August after a party on the Cornell campus. According to authorities, Nagee Green, from Freeville, has been charged with one count of murder in the second degree and one count of second-degree assault.
“It was a difficult case and so it took time,” said Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick on Monday evening. “I know we all wanted a quick arrest. But we needed a conviction. So we made sure we had enough evidence before we made an arrest.”
The 23-year-old Green was “taken into custody without incident at 1:34pm in the area of the 1600 block of Dryden Road as he waited for a bus,” according to police, and will go before a grand jury on Thursday. “Thanks to the Ithaca Police Department, the Cornell Police, the New York State Troopers, and all the agencies that worked to solve this case,” Myrick said.
“The killing of Anthony and wounding of another student have had a deep impact on everyone connected with the college,” said Ithaca College president Tom Rochon in a statement on Monday night. “We have felt both sorrow and anger as a result of this violent crime, and the loss it has brought to so many. While his family cannot be made whole again, we can all do Anthony justice by continuing to keeping his memory alive in our hearts.”
19-year-old Anthony Nazaire, a business administration student, was the victim of the stabbing that took place on the Cornell campus just before 2am on August 28th. A friend accidentally bumping into another party-goer may have triggered the fight that led to the fatal stabbing.
Cornell says police responded at about 1:57am on Sunday, August 28th, after getting “a report of a large fight in front of Olin Hall.” Responders found two male victims had been stabbed, began medical treatment, and secured the area. One, later identified as Nazaire, was taken to Cayuga Medical Center “for treatment of serious injuries,” and was later pronounced dead, and the other man was “flown to a regional trauma center.” He was treated and released at Upstate Medical Center, according to IPD.
“Investigators continue to track down leads and develop more information to help build a solid case,” the Ithaca Police Department’s public information officer, Jamie Williamson, told 14850 in late September, a month after the stabbing. Ithaca and Cornell authorities repeatedly asked anyone who was in the area to share any details about what they saw. Williamson told us in August that video surveillance reviewed from the scene showed “numerous persons recording the incident with their cell phones.”
According to a statement from police chief John R. Barber, “the intensive investigation consisted of tracking down hundreds of leads, which allowed us to develop a suspect.”
In a statement on Monday evening, Cornell vice president for university relations Joel M. Malina said, “We are pleased that the Ithaca Police Department investigation has led to an arrest in this case, and are grateful for the ongoing efforts by IPD, Cornell University Police and other area law enforcement agencies to protect the safety and security of our campus and the surrounding communities.”
“It is also my hope that members of the campus community will continue to reach out to one another to provide support and healing as this case moves forward through the criminal justice process,” IC president Rochon added. “As always, students can find assistance through the Ithaca College Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, while faculty and staff can speak to a counselor through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-327-2255.”
Rochon added, “I wish to express my gratitude to the many officers and investigators from local law enforcement agencies who have spent countless hours investigating this case, including those from the Ithaca Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Cornell University Police, and the college’s own Office of Public Safety.”
A release from the Ithaca Police Department late Monday afternoon said police chief John R. Barber, City of Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick, and acting district attorney Andrew Bonavia would share details with media at a press conference this evening.
An earlier version of this article identified the suspect as being from Newfield, based on a statement shared by Mayor Myrick on his Facebook page. He is from Freeville, according to IPD.