4 Dead After NYC Stabbing Spree, Carjacking
Suspect accused of killing stepdad, ex-girlfriend, her mother, and pedestrian
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 12, 2011 1:25 PM CST
Maksim Gelman, shown in a police photo.   (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)

(Newser) – A 23-year-old Brooklyn man was in police custody today, suspected in a stabbing spree that took the lives of his stepfather, his ex-girlfriend, and her mother, and led to a nightlong manhunt across New York City. Authorities said Maksim Gelman also stabbed and wounded the driver of a car he hijacked and fatally hit a pedestrian. Gelman was apprehended at 8:30am in the Times Square subway station after reportedly stabbing a subway passenger.

The spree began when Gelman's stepfather was knifed numerous times about 5am yesterday. (The New York Post says it was a fight over Gelman borrowing the car.) In the afternoon, police got another 911 call reporting a stabbing a few blocks away, where they discovered the bodies of Gelman's ex-girlfriend and her mother. Then came the manhunt and other assaults. Before being captured, he had been shouting, "My girlfriend ruined my life!" subway riders tell the Post.