ITHACA, N.Y. –– The Ithaca Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon.

At around 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of Second Street and Madison Street police say a 17-year-old female victim reported that she was walking to work when an “unknown male suspect” came up from behind her and grabbed her bag from her hand before fleeing on foot. The teen victim is said to be uninjured.

The suspect is said to have fled into the 200 and 300 block of Madison Street, during which the official press release states that “at least one citizen” in the area chased the suspect, causing him to eventually drop the teen girl’s bag.

IPD officers do not believe the victim and the suspect know each other.

The police press release states that “the suspect description is limited at this time,” but is as follows: a white male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.

They ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident, including the good samaritan that chased the suspect down please contact the department, “so we can obtain more information.”

In addition, police ask that residents in the area that have not already been spoken to that have any type of doorbell camera or other recording devices that faces the street check their system and see if they captured any footage of the suspect or incident and that anyone who may have captured the incident or suspect fleeing from the incident on video contact the department through the following means:

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Police Tipline: 607-330-0000
Anonymous Email Tip Address:

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