October 24, 2013

Four Women Stabbed After ‘Large Fight’ Breaks Out in Ithaca

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By AKANE OTANI

Updated Friday evening with information about an rrest

Four women were stabbed and transported to Cayuga Medical Center for treatment after a “large fight” erupted on the 600 block of Chestnut Street Thursday evening.

After several suspects were taken into custody, Dante D. Sweat, a 17-year-old Ithaca resident, was charged with one count of assault in the second degree, a Class D Felony. Sweat was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and has been remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash and $10,000 bond, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

At 8:51 p.m. Thursday, Ithaca Police responded to reports that a fight involving weapons had broken out. When police arrived at Chestnut Street, they found a woman had been stabbed in the neck, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

The two police officers who found the woman carried her from the scene of the stabbing to a more secure area, administering first aid while they waited for Bangs Ambulance to arrive.

Other police officers who were dispatched then found three other women had also been stabbed, according to the IPD. Police called for additional support from Bangs Ambulance, which transported all four women to Cayuga Medical Center.

Three of the women were subsequently transferred to a regional trauma center for treatment of wounds that were “serious” but did not appear to be life-threatening at the time the IPD released a statement early Friday morning. By Friday evening, all four victims’ injuries had been stabilized, according to IPD.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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