ITHACA, N.Y.—A homeowner interrupted a burglary in the 200 block of North Plain Street Tuesday morning, thwarting a robbery attempt. Police announced the incident, though most details are still unclear.

Around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, police responded to a house where two residents said an unidentified suspect had broken in but was then involved in an altercation with one of the residents and then fled the scene. The suspect was then located shortly later nearby and taken into custody by Tompkins County Sheriffs Office and Ithaca Police Department officers.

The suspect had at least sustained a laceration on his hand, as well as possible other injuries, and was taken for medical treatment. Police said the suspect was airlifted to a hospital but their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The suspect was not identified “due to the nature of the investigation,” but police said charges are pending against the suspect. Police clarified that the homeowner is not facing any charges.

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