ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca police responded to a reported armed robbery in the area of the “Jungle” near Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway, according to a news release.

Police said when they arrived close to midnight Monday, Aug. 26, they spoke to a person who said they had been robbed at knife and gunpoint.

Police say they were able to identify possible suspects shortly after who were armed with machetes and a BB gun that looked like a handgun.

Early Sunday, Aug. 25, a person reported that someone had attempted to rob them with a “large machete-type knife” on Oak Avenue in Ithaca. However, police currently do not think the incidents are related.

IPD Lt. Ted Schwartz said via email, “At this time it is not believed the two incidents are related, although the possibility cannot be ruled out.”

While investigating this incident, police said they also found what appeared to be a mobile methamphetamine lab. Due to the hazards associated with it, the IPD was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police CCSERT, Bangs Ambulance and the Ithaca Fire Department.

In a news release Wednesday morning, police said “at this time, evidence items are being reviewed and the investigation is continuing.”

Police have not identified any suspects associated with the incident.

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