February 8, 2007

Two Charged in Linden Avenue Robbery

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Two people have been charged in connection with the robbery of a female Cornell student that occurred on Linden Avenue Jan. 21, the Ithaca Police Department announced.

Corey Henderson, 21, of Lansing was charged with robbery in the third degree, a Class D felony, and grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Henderson was arraigned in Ithaca City Court yesterday.

Rachel Griffin, 20, of Ithaca was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a felony. Griffin was arrested Jan. 28 after she allegedly tried to use the stolen credit card at Fastrac Market on North Meadow Street, according to police.

Griffin and Henderson are both scheduled to reappear in court tomorrow.

Around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 21, two female Cornell students were walking on the 200 block of Linden Avenue when a large green sport utility vehicle with several occupants reportedly approached them. The driver allegedly tried to persuade the women to enter the car; when they refused, the perpetrator reached out the driver’s side window and grabbed the victim’s purse.

“I’m glad that the issue got resolved, and I just hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else. It’s amazing this happened in Ithaca of all places,” the victim told The Sun.

The victim was informed by police of the first arrest but not of Henderson’s arrest.

A similar strong-arm robbery took place around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 on the 100 block of Catherine Street. Police have not yet found a link between the two incidents.