February 5, 2023
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Two IC art students arrested for graffiti

Two Ithaca College seniors were arrested Friday night and charged with making graffiti on the north end of the Columbia Street Pedestrian Bridge.

Seniors Alexander Hilton and Joshua Leary were charged with “making graffiti,” a Class A misdemeanor, and “possession of graffiti instruments,” a Class B misdemeanor. Hilton, 22, was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Jamie Williamson, Ithaca Police public information officer, said there are no new developments following the arrests. Williamson said there are no arrests pending. 

“They were arrested and referred to Ithaca City Court, charged with misdemeanors,” he said.

The Ithaca Police Department received a call from a citizen at about 8:16 p.m. Friday reporting the incident. 

According to a press release, when an IPD sergeant and lieutenant arrived at the north and south ends of the bridge, the lieutenant detected a strong odor of spray paint. Hilton and Leary were found under the bridge.

The students made an attempt to leave but were taken into custody, the release said.

The crime comes following a major November 2011 renovation of the bridge. 

Both students were released on a $250 cash bail and additional charges may be pending.