On Friday evening, the Ithaca Police Department provided an update to the homicide investigation, which now spans more than a half-dozen law enforcement agencies.
The Ithaca Police Department said they are working closely with New York State Police, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Cornell University Police, The FBI, the U.S. Marshal Services, and the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office.
At this point, an active felony arrest warrant has been issued for 28-year-old Denzil Dexter Cummings. He’s wanted on first-degree manslaughter charges, and is considered armed and dangerous.
“We have received numerous tips regarding his location and we are actively following all leads. We would like to reiterate the known circumstances surrounding this homicide in an effort to provide the public with the most accurate information available while not creating undue concern,” the IPD said in a press release.
“The two men involved in this fatal dispute were cousins, and had a close familial relationship. They were involved in an altercation that resulted in the death of Kennan Orson Michael Paul. Although this is a horrific event, it was not a random act of violence,” the release concluded.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call 911.
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Ithaca Police searching for New Jersey man identified as suspect in deadly stabbing
Ithaca police say they’ve identified the suspect in a deadly stabbing as a man from Newark, New Jersey.
Police believe Denzil Dexter Cummings, 28, stabbed and killed Kennan Orson Michael Paul, 24, of Newark, Wednesday morning at Gun Hill Apartments on Lake St.
Police released a photograph of Cummings in the area of Beebe Lake that they say was taken Wednesday.
The Mayor of Ithaca says police are looking for a suspect in a deadly stabbing at an apartment complex.
Mayor Svante Myrick says Ithaca police working with New York State Police and Cornell University police are searching for a young man in a white t-shirt and jeans that are likely muddy.
Earlier in the day Wednesday, Cornell University warned neighbors about a suspect on the loose, who is considered armed and dangerous.
According to a post on the school’s page on Facebook, Cornell University police received a notice from Ithaca police Wednesday morning about the stabbing that happened at Gun Hill Apartments on Lake Street just before 11 a.m.
Myrick says they believe the victim, who is in his 20s, and suspect knew each other and the public isn’t at risk. However, he says to not approach the man if you think you see him and call 911.
“These are two young guys who knew each other very well. They’re in from out of town to do some summer construction work,” said Mayor Myrick. “Seems like they might’ve even been cousins, they knew each other and they got into a fight. The fight turned fatal.