A man accused of going on a 28-hour stabbing rampage through New York City shouted that he was the victim of a "setup" as he was led from a police station Sunday.
Maksim Gelman was awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn on charges that he hacked three people to death, then stalked the city for more than a day, attacking strangers, hijacking vehicles and killing a pedestrian with a car.
A small throng of Brooklyn residents taunted Gelman from the sidewalk as he was escorted out of a police precinct for his trip to court. He yelled back, cursing and yelling that it "was a setup" as he was led to a vehicle. Gelman, 23, wore a white jumpsuit, issued after his bloody clothing was seized as evidence.
He was scheduled to be arraigned sometime last night or this morning on charges including four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and other offenses including robbery and assault.
His final stabbing victim, Joseph Lozito, of Philadelphia, recounted the attack from his hospital bed Sunday.
"He's 2 or 3 feet away from me, and he pulls this knife out, looks me in the eye and says, 'You're gonna die,' " Lozito told the New York Post.
Lozito, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs more than 260 pounds, said he decided to go down fighting. He told the Daily News he tackled Gelman and was trying to grab his wrist as he sliced at his arm and face.
"You better hope that I die because I'm going to come kill you," Lozito said he told the slasher.
Police said Gelman went on his rampage Friday after he snapped during an argument over the use of his mother's Lexus sedan. His stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, 54, intervened and was stabbed to death at their apartment in Brooklyn. His mother was uninjured.
He then turned up at the home of an acquaintance, Yelena Bulchenko, 20, and stabbed to death her mother, Anna Bulchenko, 56. When Yelena arrived home at about 4 p.m., Gelman chased her outside and stabbed her 11 times, killing her.
Gelman has a criminal history, but the arrests were mostly nonviolent, for criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief or graffiti, though some of his arrest records were sealed.