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Tompkins County Sheriff's Office
Public Safety Building
779 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Derek R. Osborne, Sheriff 
Business Office: (607) 257-1345

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Forcible Touching Incidents

The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who displayed a knife and forcibly touched two women in two recent incidences.  The first incident occurred in the 2600 block of Danby Road near the Fingerlakes Trail on October 14, 2019.  The second incident occurred on the Thayer Preserve trail on Sand Bank Road on October 28, 2019.  Both incidents occurred in the early evening hours before dusk and are potentially related.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20-30 years old, between 5'6" and 5'8" with a stocky build.  At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing dark clothing and a "ski mask".  It is unknown if the suspect traveled to these locations by vehicle or on foot.

The Sheriff's Office is asking the public to remain vigilant when frequenting these areas.  Anyone with information related to the possible identity of the suspect is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 607-257-1345, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office tip line at 607-266-5420 or the Tompkins County 911 Center at 607-272-2444.

The Sheriff's Office has increased patrols in the area until such time as the suspect is identified.