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Update: 3 arrests in stabbing, attempted robbery of Cornell student

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UPDATE – March 24, 2020

Three arrests have been made in the stabbing and attempted robbery of a 23-year-old Cornell student Sunday night, which occurred just before 8 pm on South Avenue in the city of Ithaca.

Police say 18-year-old Tahajjuddin Abdur-Rashid, 20-year-old Thomas Payton-Harp and an unnamed 16-year-old now each face charges that include First Degree Attempted Robbery and Second Degree Gang Assault.

Abdur-Rashid and the juvenile are both Ithaca residents and Payton-Harp is listed as homeless.

“Information and evidence discovered during this investigation indicates that robbery was the motivation for this violent criminal incident,” said IPD Lt. Ted Schwartz. “At this time there is not any indication or evidence that these crimes are bias related.”

The incident is still being investigated and anyone who has relevant information has been asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department (see bottom of page for contact info).

ORIGINAL STORY – March 23, 2020

Authorities in Ithaca are looking for suspects in a reported stabbing last night of a 23-year-old Cornell student.

Police say it occurred just before 8 pm during an attempted robbery on South Avenue, after which a friend found the victim and called 911.

The student was then rushed to a regional trauma center where he’s being treated for serious but non life-threatening injuries.

Investigators believe there were several suspects involved in the stabbing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department, which can be done anonymously online.

Assisting IPD at the scene were members of the Ithaca Fire Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and Cornell Police Department.


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