NEW YORK (AP) - A 23-year-old Brooklyn man was in custody Saturday after a 28-hour stabbing rampage that took the lives of his stepfather, his ex-girlfriend and her mother and led to a nightlong manhunt across New York City, police said.
Authorities said Maksim Gelman also hijacked a car, stabbing and wounding the driver and fatally hitting a pedestrian.
Gelman was apprehended at 8:30 a.m. in the Times Square subway station, said chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. Minutes earlier, a man was stabbed and wounded on a crowded No. 3 train in Manhattan.
Gelman's stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, was knifed numerous times at about 5 a.m. Friday, authorities said. Police found the 54-year-old man's body at his home in Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay, a predominantly Russian immigrant neighborhood.
On Friday afternoon, police got another 911 call reporting a stabbing a few blocks away. At the scene, officers discovered the bodies of Gelman's girlfriend and her mother - 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko and 56-year-old Anna Bulchenko.
Police say Gelman escaped in a Lexus he had stolen. He then carjacked another vehicle and stabbed the driver before hitting the pedestrian, who later died at a hospital. The driver was in stable condition. The names of those two victims were not immediately available.
The New York Post reported that the bloody rampage started after Gelman flew into a rage because his stepfather refused to let him drive the family Lexus.
Gelman lived with his mother and stepfather at Waterville Village Condo on East 27th Street in Sheepshead Bay, the Post said.
Friends of Yelena Bulchenko - a dental receptionist - told the Post she was a "great person" who only dated Gelman for a month, in the past year.
"He became obsessed with her," said one friend, 19-year-old Dima Laz.
On Saturday, charges were pending against Gelman, who was being held at the Midtown South Precinct on Manhattan's West Side - blocks from Times Square.
After the first stabbing victims were found on Friday, police locked down streets surrounding his home on East 27th Street in Sheepshead Bay, about a half hour drive from Manhattan.
Gelman lived in an apartment that is part of a lineup of semi-detached houses with lawns, across the street from the bay.
Police helicopters hovered over the area Friday, with SWAT teams and dogs combing the streets in search of the suspect.
On Saturday, authorities received a tip that Gelman was on a crowded subway train between 34th and 42nd streets in Manhattan.
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