ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca police have arrested a 20-year-old Ithaca resident in connection with a forcible touching incident on Stewart Avenue on Oct. 27.

In a news release update Wednesday, police said an officer observed Evan M. Gottlieb, 20, on the 400 block of College Avenue at about 1:16 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. According to the IPD, the officer recognized the man “through the investigation of this incident as the male subject with the reported forcible touching complaint, and who had fled from the area prior to IPD’s arrival” Oct. 27.

On that date, police said in a previous news release that a male suspect had forcibly touched two victims.

With assistance from Cornell University Police on Wednesday, IPD stopped and identified the man as Gottlieb, who provided information without incident and was released following his identification, police said.

After completing the investigation, police say they are charging Gottlieb with two counts of forcible touching, a misdemeanor. At about 7 a.m., Gottlieb was arrested and booked and is due to appear in Ithaca City Court at a later date.

Kelsey O'Connor

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