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Armed robbery victim fights back in Ithaca, prevents two suspects from stealing his vehicle: Both escape before police arrive

On Thursday the Ithaca Police Department responded to the 200 block of East Seneca St. for an armed robbery that had just occurred.

According to a news release, officers began the investigation and confirmed that a robbery took place. There were two suspects, who approached the victim in a parking lot. One of the suspects pointed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim and demanded his backpack, wallet, and money.

The victim refused, and did not voluntarily turn over any property. That’s when the second subject who did not have a firearm, grabbed a lanyard containing the victim’s keys from around the victim’s neck- breaking it and ripping it from him.

The suspects then attempted to steal the victim’s car, which was parked there. The victim pulled one of the suspects from the driver’s seat holding him down on the ground until the victim let him go so he could call 911 for help.

Both suspects fled the area on foot- and were able to get away with some of the victim’s keys.

Police say the suspect that displayed the firearm was described as an unknown race male, between 5’8″ and 5’10”, and between 150-175 lbs. He was approximately 40 years old, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with long hair.

The second suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5’9″, with a light grey hooded sweatshirt.

At this point, the investigation remains active and no individuals have been taken into custody.