Police ID suspect in fatal stabbing outside post office
The suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 20-year-old man outside the city’s main post office is a vet who served in Kuwait and has a long rap sheet, police said yesterday.
Police are hunting 28-year-old Sirmone McCaulla, who lives on Lexington Avenue in East Harlem, in Sunday’s slay of Christopher Gutierrez outside the James A. Farley Post Office.
A police officer who had served with McCaulla in the Army Reserves recognized him from the photos taken on the scene by a German tourist and published by the press, reports say.
McCaulla allegedly stabbed Gutierrez four times after they accidentally bumped into each other.
“The victim takes his coat off, looking like they're going to have a fistfight. Indeed, the victim assumes a stance like a fighter,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in describing the video.
McCaulla has three prior arrests for burglary and robbery. The funeral for Gutierrez will be on Friday at the Ortiz Funeral Home on the Lower East Side.