Police say there’s no risk to the public, but new light has been shed on an incident that left a parolee on the run in Ithaca.
On Monday around 5:37 p.m. police responded to the area of Abbot Lane in the city of Ithaca for the report of a male subject menacing a woman with a handgun.
When officers arrived they encountered a male suspect who was attempting to flee from the area in his vehicle. Upon observing officers- the suspect exited his vehicle and began to run on foot while holding an object in his waistband that appeared to be a handgun.
While running through the West Village Apartment Complex- he moved westward toward the 100 block of West Village Place. That’s when the suspect encountered additional officers who were coming in to assist.
At that point, the suspect turned and ran away into a nearby wooded area still holding what officers say was a handgun.
A perimeter was established with assistance of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.
After further investigation the suspect was not located. Police say the suspect is known to them- and currently on parole for prior charges involving weapons possession.
The suspect and victim in this incident also know each other- and police say it was not a random act of violence. They said no one was physically injured during the incident- and no additional information is being released pending the conclusion of that investigation.
Numerous residents and pedestrians were outside and in the immediate area at the time of the incident. Those who have information regarding the matter- police ask that they call 607-272-3245.
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