The madman responsible for four murders and three stabbings in Brooklyn was busted today after continuing his astoundingly bloody rampage on a crowded subway train in Manhattan, police said.
Maksim Gelman, 23, was nabbed on an uptown No. 3 train stopped in a tunnel between 34th Street and Times Square on Seventh Avenue at around 9:15 a.m., said police sources.
“She had to die,” Gelman told cops after his arrest, referring to the murder of one of his victims, 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
After Gelman got on the train, horrified passengers watched as he banged on the motorman’s door, yelling: “My girlfriend ruined my life,” said sources.
When the motorman didn’t respond, Gelman sliced a 40-year-old passenger in the neck, critically injuring him, said sources.
Transit Bureau officers Terrance Howell and Tamara Taylor were on the train, responded and arrested Gelman without incident. Aiding in the apprehension was off-duty detective Marcelo Razzo.
“I saw a stream of people coming from the front of the train. They looked upset. They had white faces,” said Hyun Jo, 35, of East Orange. “The conductor announced they ‘Found the guy who killed 4 people yesterday.’ I saw the blood in the other car when they let us off. It was crazy.”
Gelman’s vicious slay spree caused a night of terror in southern Brooklyn last night as police mounted a massive manhunt for him after a rampage that allegedly included stabbing three people; carjacking and viciously stabbing a man who blocked his getaway car’s escape; fatally running down a pedestrian as he sped away; attempting to carjack a livery cab after ditching his stolen car and then successfully carjacking and stabbing a man in a Nissan Maxima.
It also emerged today that shortly after killing his step father, he ran into a school crossing guard who had to be hospitalized.
The bloodshed began at around 5 a.m. yesterday with the smallest of provocations – a fight over his family’s Lexus, at their home in the Waterville Village Condo on East 27th Street and Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay.
After waking up his mother, Svetlana, to demand the keys to the 2004 car, her 6-foot-3, 280-pound boyfriend, Alexsandr Kuznetsov, 54, refused to hand them over. The two screamed at each other. Gelman’s mother told cops he appeared high.
After shouting for two minutes, Gelman allegedly pulled a kitchen knife and stabbed Kuznetsov, a private-ambulette driver, the sources said. He then took off in his mother’s Lexus.