ITHACA, N.Y.—A 48-year old Ithaca man was charged in a case involving the kidnapping, torture and robbery of two adult male victims last month, according to police.
There were no deaths in the incident, though a police statement said the two victims are still recovering from their injuries.
The statement from the Ithaca Police Department (IPD) details the charges, which were unsealed today. Arthur A. Harriett was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of kidnapping in the second degree, two counts of second degree assault, and two counts each of robbery in the first and second degrees.
The incident appears to be separate from the kidnapping, torture and murder of Thomas Rath.
Harriett was arrested and detained in the Tompkins County Jail on Oct. 5, according to county inmate records. His arrest was one of several to come out of a search warrant on an apartment in the 100 block of Chestnut Street on Ithaca’s west side, according to police statements.
In the statement, Police Sergeant Jacob Allard said IPD has been investigating the incident since Sept. 16. The investigation is ongoing. Police are encouraging anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact IPD via phone or online via an anonymous email tip.
The Ithaca Voice has reached out to Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten and IPD Acting Chief Ted Schwartz for more information.
You can read the full IPD statement below.