After months of investigating, police have arrested a suspect in the stabbing death of an Ithaca College student. 23-year-old Nagee Green of Freeville, N.Y. was arrested around 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Ithaca Police Chief John Barber said Green was waiting for a bus near Dryden Rd. in Freeville when officers took him into custody without incident.
Green has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, and one count of second-degree assault.
Officers said they followed hundreds of leads after the stabbing took place on campus at Cornell University on Aug. 28. They said a large fight broke out after student-organized event had ended.
Green allegedly stabbed 19-year-old Anthony Nazaire, an Ithaca College student, at the intersection of College Avenue and Campus Road just before 2 a.m. Nazaire was taken to Cayuga Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Green also allegedly stabbed a second, unnamed victim, who was flown to Upstate Medical Center for treatment and was later released.
Barber said the community played a big role in the investigation.
“I would like to personally thank the members of our community who came forward and assisted us as we investigated this heinous crime,” Barber said. “This act of unspeakable violence has no place here in Ithaca, and is not representative of the community we are here in Ithaca.”
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick said it’s been nearly five years since there has been a murder in Ithaca, and that the news shocked the community.
“This is a crime that stunned all of us, and I know shook all of our entire community, this is not something we’re used to here in Ithaca, N.Y.,” Myrick said. “While we may not have any solace tonight, we can be assured that we will have justice.”
Green was arraigned in Ithaca City Court on Monday night and then was taken to Tompkins County Jail. He will appear in Ithaca City Court again Thursday Nov. 10.