NEW YORK (AP / CBSNewYork) – A man who had already acknowledged killing four people in a rampage of stabbings, carjackings and other crimes has admitted slashing a subway passenger at the end of his violence spree in New York City.
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Maksim Gelman pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted murder in Manhattan. He is expected to get 25 years, to be served after his sentence for the killings in Brooklyn.
Yelling “You’re going to die!,” Gelman abruptly attacked subway rider Joseph Lozito on a train on Feb. 12, at the end of his 28-hour rampage across the city, according to a court complaint. Lozito suffered head and arm wounds that required dozens of staples and stitches.
Police were already close on Gelman’s trail, as passengers on the subway had recognized him from newspaper photographs and had alerted authorities. Officers tackled him shortly after his attack on Lozito.
The capture ended a rampage that started a day earlier with a family argument over the use of Gelman’s mother’s car, police said.
After killing his stepfather in the family’s Brooklyn apartment, Gelman went to the Brooklyn home of a female acquaintance whose friends have said he was obsessed with her. Gelman killed the woman’s mother, then waited hours for the 20-year-old daughter to return and stabbed her 11 times.
Gelman drove away, rear-ended another car and stabbed its driver when he confronted Gelman, police said. The driver survived.
Stealing the wounded man’s car, Gelman drove off and plowed into a pedestrian who died from his injuries, police said. After abandoning the car, Gelman later hailed a livery cab and attacked its driver, then approached another car, attacked a man inside and hijacked the car, police said. Both men survived.
All the attacks except the subway stabbing were in Brooklyn, where Gelman unexpectedly pleaded guilty in December to murder and other charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for those crimes; he faces 100 years in prison.
The subway stabbing was a separate case because it happened in Manhattan.
His lawyer, Laura H. Stasior, declined to comment.
Gelman answered the judge’s basic questions but said nothing else. In that form, he admitted trying to kill Lozito in a subway car near Times Square.
He remains jailed without bail while awaiting sentencing.
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