Manhunt for suspect who stabbed at least 5 people randomly in New York City
NEW YORK – A citywide manhunt is underway for a suspect who stabbed at least five people at random in New York City. QueensWednesday, police said.
Three of the attacks occurred on Wednesday morning in Springfield Gardens. Additional attacks occurred on Tuesday and on January 8. Police said they are also monitoring the same suspect in a subway stabbing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as well.
“We have an unidentified individual walking around the street randomly stabbing people with a hunting knife,” said NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell. “There is no connection between the individuals, and it appears to be unjustified.”
Police describe the suspect as being 5’9″ tall, wearing a gray jacket, black pants, black shoes, and often wearing a face mask.
“Someone he knows [and] It must stop. We have to get him off the street,” said Jeffrey Maddrey, chief of the New York Police Department Written on X.
The search for the suspect is intense and covers most parts of the city.
The stabbing spree extends to January 8, police said. At 6:20 p.m., a 61-year-old man was stabbed in the lower back at 137th Street and 157th Street.
“In this incident, the suspect laughed in the victim’s face after he stabbed him,” New York Police Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenney said.
On Tuesday, a 34-year-old woman was stabbed at 158th Street and 134th Street.
Wednesday morning, two back-to-back stabbings occurred near Jay Brewer Street at 134th Avenue. The victims were a 41-year-old man and a 74-year-old man. The older victim was assisted by Bruce Ann, who owned a dry cleaning business nearby.
“At about 7:30 a.m., an old man was walking into the store and needed help,” An said. “I picked up the phone and called 911… Later, the police came and opened his jacket, and there was a lot of blood on his clothes. Then the ambulance came.”
The fifth and final incident occurred at Parsons Street and Archer Street. The victim got into an altercation with the suspect over a seat on the bus. The two then got off the bus and the suspect stabbed the victim.
Police take a closer look at a similar crime in Brooklyn On Wednesday, a 28-year-old man on a J subway was stabbed by a man police say matched the description in the Queens cases.
All people who were attacked are expected to survive.
“There are a lot of children and elderly people here, so we hope they catch it,” Springfield Gardens resident Evan Maggette said.
Because the suspect may be moving to other parts of the city, additional officers are patrolling various transportation hubs, including Columbus Circle. There is a police presence on trains, platforms and turnstiles.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or in Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also send a tip Via their website Or via private messages on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.