NY man in custody, 4 dead following stabbing spree

Maksim Gelman went on a 28-hour stabbing and hijacking rampage


Associated Press

NEW YORK — A man who went on a 28-hour stabbing rampage that took the lives of his stepfather, his ex-girlfriend and her mother was arrested Saturday at a subway stop in Times Square after a nightlong manhunt across New York City, police said.

Maksim Gelman, 23, also hijacked a car, stabbing and wounding the driver and fatally hitting a pedestrian, authorities said.

Gelman of Brooklyn was apprehended at 8:30 a.m. in the subway station, said chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. Minutes earlier, a man was stabbed and wounded on a crowded No. 3 train in Manhattan.

Gelman's stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, was knifed numerous times at about 5 a.m. Friday, authorities said. Police found the 54-year-old man's body at his home in Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay, a predominantly Russian immigrant neighborhood.

On Friday afternoon, police got another 911 call reporting a stabbing a few blocks away. At the scene, officers discovered the bodies of Gelman's girlfriend and her mother — 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko and 56-year-old Anna Bulchenko.

Police say Gelman escaped in a Lexus he had stolen. He then carjacked another vehicle and stabbed the driver before hitting the pedestrian, who later died at a hospital. The driver was in stable condition. The names of those two victims were not immediately available.

On Saturday, charges were pending against Gelman, who was being held at the Midtown South Precinct on Manhattan's West Side — blocks from Times Square.

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