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. (Read more Maksim Gelman stories.)