A person of interest is questioned in multiple stabbings in New York City
NEW YORK – A person of interest is being questioned after at least five people were randomly stabbed Queens On Wednesday, a source told CBS New York.
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.”
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 are taking a closer look at a similar crime in Brooklyn. On Wednesday, a 28-year-old man was stabbed by a man police say matches the description in the Queens cases.
All people who were attacked are expected to survive.
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