Friday, February 11, 2011

maksim gelman

By Joe Jackson and Joe Kemp–Leftist New York Daily News
An intensive manhunt for a 23-year-old man who went on a killing spree – stabbing three people to death and critically injuring two others – rattled a Brooklyn neighborhood Friday.
Cops swarmed a Manhattan Beach building on Avenue R near E. 18th St. after daylong search for Maksim Gelman, who killed his first victim several blocks away at 5:09 a.m., police said.
Gelman stabbed his stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, 54, inside the apartment they shared on E. 27th St. in Sheepshead Bay before dawn, cops said.
Hours later, the raging Gelman slashed his girlfriend and her mother to death inside an apartment just blocks away. When cops arrived at the E. 24th St. home about 4:30 p.m., the two women were dead, police said.
Moments after killing the women, Gelman attacked a passing motorist – stabbing the innocent 42-year-old before stealing his Pontiac Bonneville, cops said.
About a mile from the carjacking, police say Gelman struck a pedestrian at Avenue R and Ocean Ave., critically injuring an elderly man.
A witness said he drove up to the injured man just moments later.
“He walked up the whole block in the middle of the road so slowly,” said the witness, who didn’t want to give his name.
“Then he leaned against a car and kept screaming, ‘I’m bleeding to death – Somebody help me!’”
The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was in grave condition.
Gelman – who’s 6-feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds – was still on the lam hours later, until he was spotted near Avenue R and E. 18th St. – where an army of cops, armed with high-powered weaponry and holding dogs on leashes, were still in a standoff with the suspect at 7:30 p.m.
“We’re actively pursuing him,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.
Neighbors said police had been to the scene of the first homicide several times in the past.
“I heard they didn’t get along,” a neighbor said of the victim and his stepson. “That’s all I know.”
Kuznetsov was described as a hulking man who worked hard. He drove an ambulette, leaving the condo early and returning home late.
“It’s horrible that this happened,” said Anthony Riggio, 34, the super at the Waterview Village condos. “Lives were just ruined.”
Cops ask anyone with information to call their Crime Stoppers tipline at (800) 577-TIPS.
Maksim Gelman has been in trouble with the law before. Never you mind. As long as we don’t “ask him to leave the U.S.”, all is well.

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