August 27, 2012

Man Arrested in Connection With Armed Robbery After Six-Month Investigation

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A six-month investigation by the Ithaca Police Department led to the arrest of a man in connection with  an armed robbery of a small business at 128 East State Street in the Ithaca Commons on Feb. 25.

Michael Freelove, 51, was taken into custody without incident at the intersection of Seneca and Tioga Street on Friday.

Freelove was arraigned in the City of Ithaca court and remanded to the Tompkins County jail without bail, according to a statement from the IPD.

Freelove is believed to be homeless, and has been reportedly living in various temporary locations since at least February, according to Jeffrey Huddle, Ithaca Police investigator, who lead the investigation of this case.

“We do not suspect [Freelove] in any other similar type crimes since February,” Huddle said in an email Monday.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Gary Surdell. Freelove’s next court date, where he will be tried for the robbery, is scheduled for Aug. 29.

Original Author: Danielle Sochaczevski