Ithaca woman accused of attacking two police officers during brawl

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An Ithaca woman has been arrested for allegedly attacking two police officers during a fight on Saturday.

Uniformed officers were on foot patrol at the Ithaca Commons around 1:20 a.m. on April 6 when a fight broke out.

Police say a man, later identified as 26-year-old Cadji Furgeson, ran across the Commons and hit another man in the face, knocking him to the ground. 

When officers ran toward the fight, 22-year-old Rose Degroat allegedly attacked an officer from behind, repeatedly striking him in the head. 

Degroat then allegedly hit another officer in the face before being taken into custody.

The first officer experienced headaches and was treated by Bangs Ambulance. The second officer had cuts on his face and declined further treatment.

The incident caused numerous bystanders, most of whom were uninvolved in the original incident, to attempt various forms of interference in the officers’ attempts to make the lawful arrests, according to police.

Degroat was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree attempted assault and resisting arrest.

Furgeson and another person allegedly involved in the fight, 21-year-old Riley Johnson, were both charged with disorderly conduct.

Ithaca Police have not released their mugshots in accordance with a new New York State law. 

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