October 27, 2004

Abduction, Rape Reported in Collegetown

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A 20 year-old woman was raped in two separate locations yesterday morning, according to a police report released last night.

The victim is a Cornell student, sources indicated.

The perpetrator first assaulted the woman on Mitchell St. and then transported her to James St., at which point she escaped. She alerted her neighbors, who called the police at 10 a.m. yesterday morning, according to the report.

The victim was sent to Cayuga Medical Center for medical treatment, while the Ithaca Police Department began a search, aided by the Cornell University Police Department, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement agencies.

After an extensive search, the 42 year-old male suspect was apprehended in Brooktondale, N.Y. at 1:57 p.m. He is currently in custody at IPD headquarters.

The investigation is continuing.

Eyewitnesses reported that about eight police cars — “Cornell Police, Ithaca police, state police,” according to one witness — surrounded a Collegetown building on the corner of College Ave. and Mitchell St. yesterday morning a little before 10 a.m.

Cornell students are reminded to utilize the Blue Light Escort Service, which can be reached at 255-7373. Call 911 in case of emergency.

Archived article by Freda Ready
Sun Managing Editor