It was a busy weekend for Ithaca Police, who responded to four separate incidents ranging from exposure and forcible touching, to armed robbery and a shots fired call.
First Friday night (July 10): Officers were called to the south end of the city for a man harassing women and exposing himself throughout the evening.
The man, later identified by multiple victims as 37-year-old Will Rogers Howell Jr., has an address listed as a popular commune for the city’s homeless known as “the Jungle.”
Things escalated when Howell began following them in stores and at one point entered a women’s bathroom and grabbed someone, refusing to let her go until her screams caused him to flee yet again before police could arrive.
Howell then broke into a nearby residence and forcibly touched another person inside before stealing property and cash and running away to another home in the area, which he also broke into but soon left without taking anything.
After being identified, Howell was located and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail until his next court appearance, which is not yet posted.
The same night (July 10) just before 11:30 pm, police responded to a reported armed robbery at the Byrne Dairy on North Meadow Street, where a man got away with money from the store after pointing what appeared to be a dark colored semi-automatic pistol at the cashier.
A suspect described as a black male about 5’7″ with average build was last seen in a grey or black “puffy” jacket, with black pants that had a white stripe down the side and white sneakers.
Hours later just before 3 am Sunday, police were called out once again – this time to the 200 block of West Spencer Street where numerous parked vehicles had their passenger windows smashed in.
Officers say they’ve tried contacting vehicle owners and have been unsuccessful in some cases.
Finally last night (July 12) just before 10:30 pm, a shots fired call drew responders to the 600 Block of West State Street, where a vehicle was located that had been shot but nobody was injured.
More information on any of these investigations should be directed to the Ithaca police department.
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