Ithaca police ID homicide victim; Investigate new robbery

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The victim of a shooting earlier this week in Ithaca has been identified as 32-year-old Alan M. Godfrey, a man who is from the area.

Police believe he was the specific target of the incident, which occurred just before 1 am on Tuesday (July 20) in the 200 block of Taughannock Boulevard.

Authorities say it wasn’t a random act of violence and poses no further threat to the public.

Ithaca Police Department is now working closely on the investigation with the FBI, NYS Police, and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office


Detectives are also looking for information on a robbery that occurred in broad daylight yesterday (July 21) in the city.

A 17-year-old female was reportedly walking to work at about 3:15 pm, when an unknown male snuck up from behind and snatched a bag from her hands.

The suspect then fled the area. He is described as a white male who was wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans at the time.

One passerby did decide to get involved — chasing the suspect and eventually causing him to drop the bag.

Officials say the involved parties likely don’t know each other. The victim was uninjured.

“We ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident, including the Good Samaritan that assisted, to please contact us so we can obtain more information,” said acting IPD chief John Joly. “Residents in the area that have not already been spoken to that have any type of doorbell camera or other recording device that faces the street are asked to check their system and see if they captured any footage of the suspect or incident.”

Relevant information should be sent to the Ithaca Police Department through any of the following means:

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

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