There have been some recent gun-related incidents on Spencer Road, including two instances of a gun found along the road, and three reports in the last few months of gunshots being fired. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported in any of these instances.
In response to concerns about the increasing frequency of gun-related activity, the Spencer Road Neighborhood Association will be holding an online neighborhood meeting on Zoom at 7:00pm on Thursday, May 6th. We have invited our neighborhood’s common council representatives, a representative from the Ithaca Police Department, and other members of the community to join the conversation to discuss our concerns and share strategies about how we can move forward as a neighborhood community, including precautions we can take to reduce these incidents and ensure the safety of our neighbors.
We hope you will join us in this conversation. Please register for the meeting. When you register, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the Zoom session on the 6th, either online or by phone. If you have questions about how to join, please email us at SpencerRoadIthaca@gmail.com.
Recent News Articles About Gun Activity:
There was an armed robbery early yesterday morning on Spencer Road at an apartment in the 300 block area. Police are looking for two white males, one 6 feet tall, and one about 5 foot 9.
Police ask that anyone with information about the crime call their Tipline at: 607-697-0333.
More information about the robbery can be found in the Ithaca Voice article.
The assault and robbery occurred last night, April 30th, at around 6:30pm. Details below.
From the Ithaca Voice:
Around 6:24 p.m., Ithaca police responded to Spencer Road for a report of an assault and robbery.
There, they found a male victim who said he had been attacked by three Asian men about 15 minutes prior.
“The victim stated that he has had an altercation with the same males in the past, but they are otherwise unknown to him,” an IPD news release says.
“The victim stated that as he walked past the three males they attacked him by hitting and kicking him.”
The victim was hit in the back of the head and lost consciousness. He was also cut in the left arm.
The assailants were described as Asian males in their 20’s, wearing jeans and of thin build. One had a tattoo on the left side of his neck, the victim told police.
Anyone who has information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Ithaca Police. Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Source: Ithaca Voice – Assault by 3 on Ithaca’s Spencer Road knocks victim unconscious
Within the past month, we have seen two residential break-ins on the 400 block of Spencer Road (one during the day while the resident was at work, and one at a different residence at night when the residents were home), along with some vandalism (a resident had their mailbox completely smashed and destroyed one night).
Officer Williamson from the Ithaca Police Department has offered to meet with our community to share experiences and to share ideas. He has reserved the northeast study room (a.k.a. the “Large Study Room”) at the Tompkins County Public Library this Saturday at 10am to meet. Any neighborhood residents, property owners, or other concerned parties are invited to attend. Community members from South Hill are also invited to attend due to a shared increase in residential crime during the past month.
This is a good opportunity to ask questions from an IPD officer about residential crime, home security, and neighborhood safety. Ward alderpersons Cynthia Brock and George McGonigal will also be present.
If you would like to reach out to Officer Williamson separately regarding a question or concern, he can be reached at: JWilliamson@cityofithaca.org or at: (607) 216-3221.