Updated 02/13/2011 09:43 AM
Stabbing Spree Suspect: "She Had To Die"
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The man accused of killing four people and attacking at least four others during a 28-hour stabbing spree through Brooklyn and Manhattan was awaiting charges Saturday night.
Maksim Gelman, 23, seen above left, was arrested at the Times Square subway station Saturday morning, after stabbing his final victim on a crowded 3 subway train.
Authorities say on Friday, Gelman stabbed and killed his stepfather, his ex-girlfriend and her mother, and struck and killed a pedestrian while driving a stolen car.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Saturday that police were trying to investigate Gelman's motive for the multiple stabbings.
"He made a statement that 'she had to die.' There are two female victims here. We're not certain which one he's referring to. But other than that, we know no specific reason why," said Kelly. "Obviously, if he wasn't apprehended this morning, he could have injured, killed many more people."
Trail Of Blood In Two Boroughs
Police say Gelman's crime spree started at 5 a.m. Friday, when he stabbed 11 times his 54-year-old stepfather, Aleksander Kuznetsov. Authorities say the stabbing stemmed from a disagreement over Gelman borrowing his mother's Lexus.
Kuznetsov was found dead in his Sheepshead Bay home.
Gelman then drove the Lexus to his home of his ex-girlfriend, Yelena Bulchenko, and waited for her to return.
"Detectives believe at about 10 a.m., Gelman entered the home of his ex-girlfriend's 56-year-old mother, Anna, and stabbed her to death," said Kelly. "Gelman waited until Yelena returned from work at about 4:15 p.m. He attacked her, beginning in the apartment and continuing outside the home, onto the street, as she fled."
As Yelena Bulchenko ran wounded, Gelman allegedly slashed the sleeve of a neighbor who tried to interfere.
Both Yelena Bulchenko and her mother died from their wounds.
Driving away from the scene, Gelman rear-ended and carjacked a Pontiac at the intersection of East 24th Street and Avenue U in Midwood, according to police.
"There, Gelman stabbed the 60-year-old driver of the Pontiac in the chest, when he got out of his car," said Kelly. "That man is in stable condition in the hospital."
Police say as Gelman drove the Pontiac, he struck and killed 62-year-old pedestrian Stephen Tanenbaum at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Avenue R in Brooklyn around 4:30 p.m.
After abandoning the car in Midwood, Gelman went to Crown Heights, where he hailed a livery cab around 1 a.m. Saturday and allegedly stabbed its driver in the shoulder and neck. The driver was treated and released from the hospital.
Next, police say Gelman stabbed a man in his hands while carjacking a Nissan Maxima on Eastern Parkway. That stolen car was found in Queens.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said straphangers spotted Gelman on a South Ferry-bound 1 train on Saturday morning and alerted police.
Kelly said Gelman then hopped onto a crowded 3 train around 8:45 a.m. and stabbed a 40-year-old man in the head and chest at the Times Square Street station.
This final victim was taken to St. Luke's Hospital and as of Saturday evening was in stable condition.
Moments after the last stabbing, two police officers arrested Gelman aboard the train. Authorities recovered several knives, including a kitchen knife, seen above right.
The resulting police investigation in Times Square affected service on the 1, 2 and 3 subway lines for almost five hours, but normal service was restored by 2 p.m. Saturday.
Gelman has 10 prior arrests, mostly for drugs possession and graffiti. He was arrested on January 26 for possession of crack cocaine.
Most of what he told police on Saturday was incoherent.
Police said they were going through records and checking local hospitals to see if any other crimes that happened over the last day or so could be traced back to Gelman.