A man who stopped in downtown Ithaca early Friday morning was released several miles away after being driven out of town by a pair of carjackers, Ithaca police say. Police are seeking information on the theft at gunpoint of the man's blue 2005 Volvo SUV.
Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were first to respond when the man reported his vehicle had been stolen, after the carjackers ordered him out of the vehicle on South Applegate Road, about eight miles west of downtown Ithaca. The victim told police officers that he had pulled into a parking lot in the 200 block of West State Street because he was lost, and was approached by a woman who pointed a handgun at him.
The victim says the woman ordered him into the passenger seat, a man got into the back seat and pressed a handgun against his head, and the woman drove the three of them out of town. The woman stopped the car in the 300 block of South Applegate Road, south of Route 79 in the Enfield area, ordered the victim out, and sped off.
The Ithaca Police Department says the female suspect was described as a medium-skinned black woman, about 20 years old, "with an overbite and protruding gums." She was wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt, black headband, and grey sweatpants with white lettering. The victim didn't get a good look at the man in the back seat.
The Volvo bears New York license plate GKZ-3186. Police ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact IPD at 607-272-3245 or 272-9973, or use the IPD Anonymous Tipline online at ipdtipline.org or by phone at 607-697-0333.