Stabbing Spree Suspect: I'm the Victim of a Setup
Monday, February 14, 2011
A 23-year-old Brooklyn man accused of going on a 28-hour stabbing spree that sparked a manhunt over the weekend was arraigned Sunday on second-degree murder charges for allegedly killing four people during the rampage.
Maksim Gelman, who was arrested in the Times Square subway station Saturday morning, shouted that it "was a setup" as he was led from a police station to court Sunday night. He did not speak during the arraignment.
He is charged with stabbing three people to death, killing a pedestrian with a car, injuring several people and hijacking cars. He did not appear at a procedural hearing Monday morning in Brooklyn.
A public defender representing Gelman said his client was calm and rational and that he understood the charges he's facing.
Gelman's stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, was stabbed numerous times around 5 a.m. Friday, police said. The 54-year-old was found by cops in his Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, home.
Following a call to 911 on Friday afternoon, cops found the bodies of Gelman's girlfriend, 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko, and her mother, 56-year-old Anna Bulchenko, several blocks away.
Gelman allegedly fled the scene in a stolen Lexus. He then allegedly carjacked a second vehicle and stabbed the driver before hitting a pedestrian. The pedestrian died at the hospital, and the driver is in stable condition.
With the Associated Press