New York police arrest suspected serial stabber

Maksim Gelman, 23, is suspected of stabbing three people to death.

Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 10:53 AM IST

New York: US Police on Saturday arrested near Times Square a man suspected of stabbing three people to death, then striking a pedestrian with his car and killing him, and wounding four others in an overnight rampage.

Maksim Gelman, 23, of Brooklyn was being hunted by police in connection with the fatal stabbing on Friday of his stepfather Aleksandr Kuznetsov, his former girlfriend Yelena Bulchenko and her mother Anna Bulchenko in the Russian immigrant community of Sheepshead Bay.

Gelman stabbed his stepfather several times at about 5 am in an argument over Gelman`s mother`s car, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a news conference.

Gelman drove the car to the home of his former girlfriend, where he fatally stabbed her 56-year-old mother, Kelly said.

Gelman waited until his ex-girlfriend returned home from work at about 4:15 pm, when he fatally stabbed her, he said.

Driving away, Gelman smashed into a car and stabbed the driver in the chest when he got out of his car, Kelly said. The driver, 60, was hospitalised in stable condition.

Gelman then struck and killed a pedestrian, Stephen Tanenbaum, 62, before abandoning the car, Kelly said.

Shortly before 1 am, in Brooklyn, Gelman hailed a cab and stabbed the driver in his shoulder and neck. The driver was treated and released from a hospital.

The suspect then stole a car by demanding the keys from its owner, who he stabbed in the hand, Kelly said.

After an all-night manhunt, police got an anonymous tip that a man fitting Gelman`s description had been seen on a subway on Manhattan`s Upper West Side.

Also, at a subway station in the same neighbourhood, a woman told police a man fitting Gelman`s description had knocked a newspaper out of her hand and said, "Do you believe what they`re writing about me?"

Police officers encountered Gelman in a subway car as it was approaching Times Square. He was carrying a large, bloody kitchen knife and had just stabbed a subway passenger in the neck moments before, Kelly said.

The passenger, a 40-year-old man, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was in stable condition.

Bureau Report