2 charged with burglary, attempted murder in Ithaca West Village fight

ITHACA Two Ithaca residents were arrested and charged with attempted murder and burglary stemming from a fight on Oct. 24 at the West Village apartment complex.

Desiree Richmond, 38, and Dante D. Sweat, 17, are both charged with four counts of attempted murder, burglary in the first degree, multiple counts of unlawful imprisonment, assault and endangering the welfare of children, according to a grand jury indictment released this week by the Tompkins County Court.

Both pleaded not guilty.

It is alleged that Richmond and Sweat unlawfully entered a dwelling at the apartment complex on Chestnut Street with intent to commit a crime and attacked the victims with a knife.

On the evening of Oct. 24, more than 15 police officers with the Ithaca Police Department, Cayuga Heights and state police, responded to the scene for a report of a brawl.

The fight left four people injured and four more in police custody. Sweat was charged the following day with one count of second-degree assault.

Among the injured, one woman had a serious stab wound to her "neck area," according to City of Ithaca Police Lt. Vincent Monticello in earlier police reports.

Both defendants were remanded to Tompkins County Jail on $5,000 cash and $20,000 bond. Both made bail the same day, according to the jail.

By Shawnee A. Barnes
January 30, 2014