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Man arrested in New York after rampage that left four dead

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, of Brooklyn also hijacked a car, stabbing and wounding the driver and fatally hitting a pedestrian, authorities said.

Gelman 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, 54, was stabbed numerous times about 5 a.m. Friday, authorities said. Police found his body at his home in Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay.

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, Yelena Bulchenko, 20, and her mother, Anna Bulchenko, 56.

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 New York Post reported that the violence started after Gelman flew into a rage because his stepfather refused to let him drive the Lexus.

Charges were pending against Gelman.

Man arrested in New York after rampage that left four dead 02/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 12, 2011 6:57pm]
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