Brooklyn Stabbing Suspect Arrested On 3 Train; Officials Unable To Pinpoint Motive

Police Say 23-Year-Old Maksim Gelman Stabbed Another Victim Shortly Before Arrest

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Police arrested the suspect wanted in the murderous stabbing spree that started early Friday morning in Brooklyn and ended in a Midtown subway station.

The 28-hour rampage and manhunt for 23-year-old Maksim Gelman ended when police arrested him at the Times Square subway station around the 40th Street and 7th Avenue exits. Undercover officers encountered Gelman as a 3 Train pulled into the station.

The arrest came following a deadly spree that took the lives of Gelman’s 54-year-old stepfather, his ex-girlfriend and her mother along with a pedestrian that was struck and killed after an alleged carjacking.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters at an afternoon press conference that he had never seen anything like what transpired over the last two days, 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reported.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan with details from Commissioner Kelly’s news conference

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A police vehicle is parked outside the house in the Brooklyn where Maksim Gelman lived. (AP Photo/David Karp)

“It’s so horrendous and bizarre. We have no reason that we can give you as to why he did this,” he said.

Kelly said police were able to capture Gelman after receiving multiple tips from people who had recognized the suspect on the subway tracks, platforms and train between 34th and 42nd streets.

An anonymous caller reported seeing a man who fit Gelman’s description on a southbound No. 1 train between 137th Street and 96th Street in Manhattan.  In addition, Kelly said a second witness got off that train and told police that Gelman knocked down a newspaper bearing his photo in her hands and asked “do you believe what they’re writing about me?”

Minutes after those tips, police on a northbound 3 Train between 34th and 40th streets saw Gelman, who started pounding on the motorman’s compartment door claiming he was a police officer.  Police officers Terrance Howell and Tamara Taylor, who were waiting with the motorman, brought Gelman to the ground and recovered a knife from his hands.  The officers were also assisted by Officer Marcelo Razzo and a good Samaritan.

Gelman also allegedly stabbed a man aboard the train. The 40-year-old victim was transported to a hospital where he is in critical condition.

Gelman was wanted for allegedly stabbing his 54-year-old stepfather Aleksandr Kuznetsov “numerous” times at around 5 a.m. Friday in Sheepshead Bay. The suspect was enraged when his step dad entered into an argument Gelman was having with his mother about her refusal to allow him to take the family Lexus out for a spin, police said.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall with a summary of the stabbing spree that began Friday morning

About 11 hours later, police received another 911 call reporting a stabbing a few blocks away. When they arrived, police discovered the bodies of Gelman’s ex-girlfriend and her mother. They have been identified as 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko and 56-year-old Anna Bulchenko.

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Officers Howell (L), Taylor (C), Razzo (R) (Photo/DCPI)

Authorities said Gelmen first stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s mother in her apartment around 10 a.m. Friday and waited there until 4:15 p.m., when Yelena Bulchenko returned home from work.  Police said the attack on her started in the apartment and continued on to the street, where she was killed.  A neighbor who tried to intervene had his jacket sleeve slashed, Kelly said.

Investigators said Gelman cryptically told them “she had to die” without making it clear if the “she” being referred to was Yelena Bulchenko or Bulchenko’s mother.

When Gelman tried to get away in the family Lexus, he rear-ended a Pontiac a few blocks away.  Police said he stabbed the 60-year-old driver of the vehicle in the chest.  The driver is in stable condition.  While trying to flee in the Pontiac, Gelman struck and killed a 62-year-old pedestrian at Ocean Avenue and Avenue R.

Police said Gelman also brutally stabbed a livery cab driver in an attempted carjacking before getting away in a Nissan Maxima, which was also carjacked.

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Sheldon Pottinger was allegedly carjacked by Gelman (Photo/CBS 2)

That Maxima belonged to 25-year-old Sheldon Pottinger, who came face to face with Gelman and lived to talk to CBS 2 about it. Pottinger was outside a church on Eastern Parkway near Roackaway Avenue when Gelmen allegedly attacked him.  He was able to escape with an injured hand.

“When he came in the car and started swinging…it looked crazy. He looked like a crazy guy.  I was saying ‘oh man, this is it,'” Pottinger said, “at the same time I was fighting…fighting my way out.”

Police said Gelman had a criminal record and was arrested January 26th for possession of crack cocaine. The other arrests were on drug, graffiti and robbery charges.

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  1. DanTe says:

    If Gelman had a gun, he would do the exact same damage, number of people wise. Or the group of armed folks around him would have put him down like the mad dog that you are and nipped it in the bud on the first or second murder.

  2. KB says:

    I’m a liberal, and this guy needs to be put away or worse. What the heck is your attitude toward liberals when this issue is not even a political one? It’s a news article. your comment was completely uncalled for.

  3. mike k. says:

    O.K. Seriously, where were the cops when the girlfriend was getting killed on the street???? Didn’t they think to wait for him at the girlfriend’s house???? If Mayor Blunderburg or any other high ranking official’s life were in danger, or even if a call went out that a cop was in trouble-the NYPD would lock down the city in minutes.
    Obviously, the safety and lives of the ordinary hard working citizen/taxpayer means nothing. And how about police commissioner Kelly’s comment “I have never seen anything like this before.” Wasn’t he in the military? They probably assigned him to guard the doughnuts.
    Twenty-eight hour killing rampage and, the dude was caught by chance knocking on the motormans door claiming he is the police. Does anyone feel safe in this city?

    1. fay says:

      I agree that the NYPD dropped the ball on this one. I’m not sure if they could have known about his association with the girl, since it’s been reported that they never or barely dated. But maybe his mother or others may have known about his obsession with her. What bugs me the most, though, is that he had his stepfather’s Lexus the whole time…how come it was never spotted on the street just a few blocks from the stepdad’s home during all those hours? That indicates that the police weren’t looking very hard for him….they figured it was just another domestic incident, but meanwhile this guy had brutally stabbed the stepdad and was reported by neighbors to be troubled and unstable.

      Now Commissioner Kelly is already putting spin on the story by claiming that they caught him before further damage was done, figuring he’ll get the jump on manipulating the public before anyone has a chance to stop and realize that they COULD have stopped this guy very shortly after the first murder and certainly ahead of the third.

  4. nathan says:

    I was hoping he’d find DanTe before we found him.

  5. DR RUTH SAYS... says:

    WE NEED MORE MENTAL MORONS LIKE THIS JACK DE-RIPSKY..IN THE UNTIED SNAKES ARMY..IMAGINE A 1000 OF THESE PSYCHOS PARACHUTED OVER POPPY DRIPPING AFGAINISTAIN…WHAT WAS I S THINKING..THEY ARE THERE ALREADY

  6. Budwieser says:

    There is justice is rikers island, sometimes more justice than we can all ask for. This man does not deserve to be part of our society.

  7. Larry Schwarz says:

    I wonder if he will go to jail,or the judge will send him to Bellevue for a psychiatric evaluation.It really does’nt matter as long as ihe is off the streets.

    1. lana says:

      By the way he’s already there and he’s trying to act like a nutcase

  8. John Ash says:

    Let’s just removed this piece of human garbage from this world. If he killed any of my family I would volunteer to pull the trigger with th gun against his head. No issue problem solved.

    Oh…is that politically incorrent? Perhaps, but problem solved and everyone is now a bit safer.

  9. mike k. says:

    Does it strike anyone odd that this guy starts his killing spree at 5 a.m. by stabbing his step father, continues to 9 a.m. when he kills his girlfriend and her mom, steals a car, kills a crossing pedestrian, kills a cabdriver while attempting to hijack his cab, flees into the subways to continue his killing spree. This guy goes on for over 24 hours!!! Where is the NYPD during any of this????
    Wait, I see from the picture, two are peering down the subway stairs saying “I ain’t going down there-it’s dangerous while the third is window shopping playing pocket pool. Probably looking to buy something sexy for his hubby. After all Valentines Day is almost upon us.
    Seriously, how does this kid continue on a murderous rampage for over 24 hours under the noses of the largest police force in the world??? And he killed his targets with a folding pocket knife and a car. Guess the AK-47 was on backorder? Blunderberg probably has 38,000 cops writing parking tickets to us hard working citizens because in New York City the NYPD places scofflaws on the top of the “bad guy” list.

    1. mike k. says:

      My apologies. I forgot to report the transit police officer who witnessed the stabbing on the subway platform was also a casualty. The officer went to the Hospital for mental trauma. Another free meal ticket.

  10. Cos says:

    I agree… What ‘weapons of mass destruction’ did he use…? Nothing but a knife. Not enough there for the anti-gunners to run with… If any one of the people he killed had a gun, his rampage would have ended a lot sooner.

  11. EricG says:

    It’s the Mad Russian

    1. KUDEYAR says:

      HE IS NOT RUSSIAN, HE IS JEW ! THERE IS BIG DIFFERENT!

      1. Igor says:

        Yeah, if he was Russian he would have killed five times as many people, in half the time.

  12. Larry Schwarz says:

    Thank god they caught this guy.Hopefully the judge will remand him without bail as he is clearly a threat to the safety of all.Good work NYPD.

  13. 01608 says:

    I made a error.

    I said good job n.y.p.d.

    It should be good job people of N.Y.

  14. Let's B. Frank says:

    Let’s B. Frank: This person should be deported. Deported to somewhere where the wheel has yet to be considered, fire is magic and where “don’t no good English be spoken.”

    I suggest New Jersey.

  15. JimDandy says:

    you are an uneducated fool, and undoubtedly you spend too much time listening to conservative radio where you are being led with a ring in your nose. Idiot.

  16. AIG rules says:

    This psycho should have been dropped off at Bloomberg’s townhouse so Bermuda Mike could have a boy toy. the Mayor is a flame. Great job NYPD.

  17. lulu says:

    why wasn’t he on medications and followed by social workers?

  18. NYCWOLF says:

    Son of Sam, Alphabet Killer, Jeffrey Dalmer… Now we have the Valentine Slasher. Our society is full of these types. Bringing back the death penalty or even using it won’t deter a person such as this. They are incapable of knowing emotional and psychological reality. Start by evaluating all these crazy homeless people. If they have severe emotional and psychological problems, force them to get help or lock them up. And if they are in our country illegally, deport them immediately. The less psychos we have on our streets the safer we will all be.

  19. Bluto says:

    Yeah! It proves that us law-abiding Real Americans should have a right to own nuclear weapons for self-defense too!

    1. Let's B. Frank says:

      Let’s B. Frank: you’re an idiot. a chuckleheaded simpleton inadequately attempting to extend your invalid “pro-bloomberg” anti-gunners’ argument to the ridiculous extreme.

      Go shoplift an 8-pack of crayons, alter your physical age to like 12, shave your back and forehead and matriculate into PS 93’s Remedial 1st Grade. And for doing as much, maybe just maybe learn basic grammar. hint: it’s we Americans not us Americans. Well, maybe in YOUR particular neck of the jungle…

  20. aaron says:

    Thank you for demonstrating to the rest of us how little dignity and class you have, using the death of these unfortunate people to somehow justify your misguided ideas about gun ownership. Please continue to bring shame to that point of view.

  21. Richie says:

    I like to bring back the gas chamber for people like him and televise it on television.
    We dont need lunitics such as him in our society.

  22. Bill says:

    I knew the girl stabbed…innocent and such a sweet girl…..the kid was always a physcopath, since he was young….was a skateboarder at the park I used to play handball at

  23. Antoine Dodson says:

    HES CLIMBIN IN YO WINDOWS/ CUTTIN SUM PEOPLE UP/ TRYNA KILL YA SO YALL NEED TO LOCK YA DOORS/ LOCK YA WINDOWS/ AND TURN YO LIGHTS OUT CUZ HE KILLIN ERRYBODY OUT THERE

  24. dave says:

    yeah they will

  25. yomomma says:

    must be a tea bagger.

    1. JimDandy says:

      You are an uneducated fool, and undoubtedly you spend too much time listening to conservative radio where you are being led with a ring in your nose. Idiot.

      Why do you feel it necessary to trivialize this tragedy. You do not have an original thought, and probably are not capable of one.

    2. Let's B. Frank says:

      (jimdandy)

      Let’s B. Frank: Oooh, sorry, chump… PROFESSIONAL WRITER.

      As for your very own and original “i makes dis stuff up in my own brain” comments of note:.. where oh where would you be sans spel chek and “cut & paste”? Limited to writing on gay bath house walls, no doubt.

      Enjoy your Kibble.

  26. Non violence says:

    Yep

  27. Bushelfoote says:

    REVISED Veiw from 1000 miles away: Glad you guys caught him…he was obviously seeing demons everywhere he turned,and the voices were not real….OR…….he really,really,REALLY wanted to start gettin’ his seniority goin’ at Sing-Sing…..or he’s in a hurry to “Ride The Lightning” to the otherside…..Either way…I feel for the pedestrian he ran down the most…..That guy was just crossing the FRICKEN STREET er something just minding his own business….he should of minded it better………R.I.P…….

  28. dave says:

    Nothing bad ever happens to the rich and famous in New York always some poor slob on the subway or getting to work for some Super rich

    1. barbara pompa says:

      Maybe the poor slob on the subway wouldn’t have a job if someone super rich didn’t own a business that was able to keep people working. For the most part I say BLESS the rich who have the brains, education and money to keep many Americans employed. JEALOUSY!!!! The Stabber needs to be repeatedly stabbed and dumped somewhere along the Belt Parkway …..poor baby!

      1. moose says:

        What a brat…Mommy wouldn’t give him the keys to the LEXUS and now the defense lawyers will jump in ……..

  29. Non violence says:

    He is a psychopath who kills without being capable of understanding human suffering. We might as well be pigs or cows it’s all the same to him. How woul you feel if it was yor family member going about their day and out of nowhere comes this violent criminal and stabs them simply because they were in his path. What kid of counseling will fix this mans brain? You are seriously naive to think this and if it were to happen to you I doubt that would be your response. The only way to keep the public safe is to lock him up and throw away the key.

    Who knows how many other sociopaths/ psychopaths or other mentally incapacitated deranged criminals are out there who haven’t snapped yet. I wonder how many we pass by on the street or in the subway everyday. You can’t be so naive and foolish in 2011 these violent nutjobs are everywhere waiting for the last drop to set them off on a killing spree. we need a better mental health and judicial system, there would be less innocent victims..

    1. Mike K. says:

      Does it strike anyone odd that this guy starts his killing spree at 5 a.m. by stabbing his step father, continues to 9 a.m. when he kills his girlfriend and her mom, steals a car, kills a crossing pedestrian, kills a cabdriver while attempting to hijack his cab, flees into the subways to continue his killing spree. This guy goes on for over 24 hours!!! Where is the NYPD during any of this????
      Wait, I see from the picture, two are peering down the subway stairs saying “I ain’t going down there-it’s dangerous while the third is window shopping playing pocket pool. Probably looking to buy something sexy for his hubby. After all Valentines Day is almost upon us.
      Seriously, how does this kid continue on a murderous rampage for over 24 hours under the noses of the largest police force in the world??? And he killed his targets with a folding pocket knife and a car. Guess the AK-47 was on backorder? Blunderberg probably has 38,000 cops writing parking tickets to us hard working citizens because in New York City the NYPD places scofflaws on the top of the “bad guy” list.

  30. dave s says:

    ill bet he uses drugs so has mental problems

  31. 01608 says:

    Well even N.Y. has short ppl. Good going nypd.

    Funny homer

  32. DanTe says:

    Who’s bright idea was it to let drunken psychopathic Russians in?

    1. DanTe says:

      Then again, who am I to talk. I am also a drunken psychopathic.

  33. Not the Stereotype says:

    WOW…..FINALLY NOT THE STEREOTYPED..Hint..Hint…

    1. DanTe says:

      He IS the stereotype drunken rampaging russian.. HINT HINT

      1. KUDEYAR says:

        YOU ARE STEREOTYPE ILL-BRED MAN BECAUSE HE IS NOT RUSSIAN, HE IS JEW!

  34. NYC IS TOO EXPENSIVE says:

    THIS TYPE OF CRIME IS DUE TO THE CURRENT ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT IN NEW YORK CITY.

  35. LEROY says:

    I DON KNOW WAT THIS BOY BE SMOKING…BUT I WANT SUM !!!

  36. KentHolly@hotmail.com says:

    Counseling??? You have a twisted sense of right and wrong, and it is you who needs counseling. You transend common decency in suggesting the nonsense you speak about. You are dangerous, and naive. In fact, you are irrelevant and I am sure you are not a native New Yorker, but someone who has come here to live some sort of hipster dream.

    1. Bob Fowler says:

      don’t much get the concept of sarcasm there, do you KentHolly?

    2. ForBobFowler Fool says:

      This is not a joke, you fool. You are a pert, snob, who iinsensitive and sadly disoriented re: this massacre. You are forever branded a fool, and an irrelevant hipster (I am certain you are from Ohio).

    3. oliver cool says:

      Bob Fowler…

      you are smarter than your years. and smarter than your peers.

  37. Let's B. Frank says:

    Let’s B. Frank: Very doubtlessly, this depraved slasher is some rancid-witted
    pre-Neanderthal knuckle-dragger whose already twisted “wit” has been severely and forever tainted by the likes of carrot cake-baking female tv talk show hosts, public education and the sniffing of countless many bags of airplane glue. he deserves nothing less than the title of “Test Subject #1” for the state’s new
    “electrically fired guillotine.”

  38. MikeBK says:

    that was a weird statement to say the least. he will not be back on the streets

  39. HOMER JAY says:

    I AGREE OLIVER !

    1. RightandWrong says:

      Homer and Oliver…bless your bleeding hearts, but you are both idiots. And, most civilized people would agree. Understand that this person has no regard for human life and is nothing more than a killer who has done so without regard for the human race. You want to give him love? You are simpletons at best.

  40. Love & Forgiveness Heal says:

    I agree with Homer Jay. This gentleman needs to be placed in a loving environment where he can learn about how his actions can negatively affect other people.

    1. Mirabal says:

      ha ha ha ha ha ha ha nice joke……

  41. Frank says:

    Honestly, he is disturbed… but he will be wasting tax payers money rotting in jail…. He will easily kill again… if let out… Kill him, or run tests on him… Do something useful…. Someone blatantly guilty of murder… should be killed.

    1. HOMER JAY says:

      NOW NOW FRANK!!! WHERE IS THE LOVE IN THAT KIND OF THINKING ?

    2. oliver cool says:

      i am one who firmly believes in “hugs for thugs.” poor creatures know not what they do. have you forgotten Jack the Ripper, notorious cutthroat? very clearly, after his fifth and final victim, he received counseling from some kind soul and murdered no more. personally, i believe Jack became a silversmith, married and moved to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

      tsk!

  42. Carlos Liriano says:

    to HOMER JAY and Mike BK. he dont need counseling or a good beating, what he needs is to be seated at “OLD SPARKY” in Sing Sing and throw the switch. don waste to much of tax payers money.

    1. eugene says:

      it would also waste too much electicity on his ass. just get a 2 dollar bullet and a zip gun to his brain

  43. vengeance says:

    He shall suffer a similar fate while in prison. He will fall from multiple wounds caused by a shank. He will be left to die a slow and painful death before being dragged to the lowest depths of Hades by the servents of the dark prince.

  44. maroon1 says:

    What will Maroon 5 do without their front man?

    1. maroon2 says:

      He looks nothing like the guy from Maroon 5. If you want to be funny, don’t force it so much. It should just happen naturally. Otherwise you sound like a tool.

  45. brooklyn says:

    that’s great they caught him. that’s not his girlfriend though. he was a crazy stalker.

  46. MikeBK says:

    This kid is crazyyy put him in the chair !!!!

    1. HOMER JAY says:

      HE MAY HAVE A PSYCHIATRIC CONDITION THAT MAKES HIM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS ACTIONS. I’M SURE THAT WITH THE RIGHT MEDICATION AND INDIVIDUAL & GROUP COUNSELING, HE CAN RETURN TO SOCIETY IN A FEW MONTHS AS A PRODUCTIVE CITIZEN.

      1. Faye says:

        you are so dumb stop making excuses for this killer, not everyone has mental problems

      2. trader says:

        what are you stupid?

      3. Non violence says:

        Wow you obviously have never dealt with emotionally disturbed persons

      4. AnnaN says:

        I agree with you Homer Jay. Even I can see that he might have mental condition and I’m only 16. You idiots that say he’s normal are just idiots. How many normal and stable people go out there and start stabbing?? NONE. You people just want to hate on the poor guy, just shut up and don’t judge him because only God has the power to judge.

      5. matt556m4 says:

        No such thing as god. (just letting you know)

      6. deez nutz says:

        anna no wonder ur 16 and still stupid and who ever think he needs counceling didnt really know max. he is a junkie crackhead who deserved what was coming to him years ago. too bad me and my boys didnt take care of him years ago when we should have

      7. Mirabal says:

        who are you kidding? If you are so sure of that, why don’t you offer him a room in your house with your family?

    2. deez nutz says:

      chair cost too much on electric for him to fry. 2 dollar bullet and a zip gun to the temple = problem solved

  47. Jerry says:

    Great job for the men in blue

  48. HOMER JAY says:

    THE POOR FELLOW OBVIOUSLY NEEDS SOME COUNSELING.

    1. MikeBK says:

      counseling wont do it. He needs a good beating.

    2. oliver cool says:

      indeed. two wrongs do not make a “right.” forgiveness, red pop and group hugs are prescribed here. and after that, a job. as only adults were “victim-ated,” i feel a career in “child protection” might be just what the poor soul needs.

      vote obama in 2012.

    3. Mat says:

      Holmer if u have a daughter or a sister have them marry him

  49. akhdulha says:

    hooray for police who capture man who stab persons with that knife.

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