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Wanted Man Arrested After Assault of Pregnant Woman During Road Rage Incident


Anthony R. Cruz. Image Courtesy of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office has announced they have made an arrest of a wanted individual, who assaulted a pregnant woman at a Dunkin Donuts in the Town of Ithaca back on June 29th.

25 year old Anthony R. Cruz had turned himself in yesterday, July 20th at 2pm. Officers placed him into custody where he faces charges of Assault in the 2nd and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd, both Felonies.

Cruz was later arraigned through the Centralized Arraignment Process and remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Back on June 29th, around 8:40 in the morning, officers from the Sheriff’s Office responded to Dunkin Donuts on Pine Street in the Town of Ithaca for a reported assault.

Arriving officers found a pregnant woman with injuries from being punched in the face and then dragged by a vehicle. The woman informed police she was involved in a road rage incident only prior to pulling into the Dunkin Donuts. She said when she exited the store, the same vehicle from the incident was parked next to hers in the parking lot.

As she approached her vehicle, she saw a male occupant had keyed her vehicle. The woman then attempted to speak with the male suspect, but was assaulted. As she was trying to stabilize herself from the assault, the woman grabbed the assailant’s door. The suspect’s vehicle then reversed, dragging the pregnant woman about 50 feet. The driver of the vehicle, 23 year old Makendra Peterson of Painted Point, NY, was arrested back on July 13th.

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