At around 2:21 a.m., a suspect ran towards the victim while displaying a “‘large machete’ type knife” and demanding property. The Ithaca Police Department responded to the incident around the 100 block of Oak Avenue, and reported that the victim was not physically injured.
A young male was reportedly seen stealing a laptop in Olin Library before running from the building at approximately 5:35 p.m. Tuesday. Several people pursued him, and a witness at the scene shouted that he had stolen a laptop. Another witness was heard yelling, “He has a knife!”
After sprinting out of Olin Library, the man ran into the entrance of the McGraw clock tower. Approximately two minutes after entering, blocked from leaving, the man retreated further up the tower. Cornell University Police arrived at the scene at 5:40 p.m. and escorted the man from the building at approximately 5:55 p.m. Police took statements from several witnesses at the scene.