Ithaca police: 17-year-old robbed, passerby chases suspect causing them to drop stolen items

Police in Ithaca are asking for the public’s help after a robbery that happened at the intersection of Second and Madison streets in the city on Wednesday.

It happened around 3:15 p.m., according to a news release.

Police said a 17-year-old female victim was walking to work when an unknown male suspect came up from behind and ripped her bag away. The suspect then fled on foot with her property toward the 200 and 300 block of Madison Street.

At least one citizen who was in the area assisted by chasing the suspect- causing the suspect to drop the bag and property.

The victim and suspect are not known to each other, police said. The victim did not suffer any injuries in the incident.

At this point, the suspect is described as a white male, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.

“We ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident, including the Good Samaritan that assisted please contact us so we can obtain more information,” police said in a release.

Residents in the area that have not already been contacted by police who have any type of doorbell camera or other recording device that face the street are asked to check their system and see if they captured any footage of the suspect or incident.

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