For months, activists in Ithaca have rallied to defund the police, citing the mistreatment of marginalized people, particularly Black and Indigenous people of color. But the city government has largely pushed back on these calls as the police department has shrunk, stressing the continued need for officers.
At approximately 6:54 p.m., victim said she was struck from behind in the head by an unknown person. After she fell to the ground, the attacker continued to hit her in the face and attempted to steal her purse, an Ithaca Police Department release said.
“Perhaps you saw something trivial or inconsequential, but to our investigators it might just be that one piece of key evidence that helps to sort out just exactly what happened,” Barber said in the release.
Police searched Spradlin’s vehicle and found 26 grams of crack cocaine, eight grams of heroin, a stun gun, a “ninja” star and $8,050 in U.S. Savings Bonds believed to have been stolen in a local burglary, according to the release.