The Ithaca Police Department says a man who was attacked on University Avenue late Friday night suffered a broken jaw, and will be undergoing surgery in a regional hospital. The man was punched in the face at about 3:11am on Saturday morning.
According to the victim, he and a friend were walking along University Avenue below Stewart Avenue, near the Lake Street intersection, when they were approached by two men. One of the men struck the victim with a closed fist. The perpetrators were described as a tall black man and a shorter Hispanic man, both wearing dark clothing. A search of the area by police did not locate a suspect.
Cornell University informed community members of the assault via e-mail on Monday morning as part of its compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act of 1998, which requires timely disclosure of crimes on and around college campuses.
The random attack fits a pattern of growing concern across the country in which attackers hit a victim as hard as they can with the intent to render the victim unconscious. The so-called "Knockout Game" has resulted in serious injuries and even deaths, in such cities as Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and Syracuse.
"It is far too early to speculate whether this incident is related to or a part of any sort of Knockout Game," IPD public information officer Jamie Williamson told 14850 Today.
Cornell and Ithaca police officials ask anyone with information about the incident to call IPD at 607-272-9973.