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Stabbing suspect claims charges a ‘setup’

Maksim Gelman is accused of going on a 28-hour stabbing rampage in New York City. Maksim Gelman is accused of going on a 28-hour stabbing rampage in New York City. (David Karp/Associated Press)
By Associated Press
February 14, 2011

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NEW YORK — 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 yesterday.

Maksim Gelman is awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn on charges that he hacked three people to death, then stalked the city for more than a day, attacking innocent strangers, hijacking vehicles, and killing a pedestrian with a car.

A small group of Brooklyn residents taunted Gelman as he was escorted out of a police precinct for his trip to court.

The 23-year-old yelled back that it “was a setup.’’ He wore a white jumpsuit, issued after his bloody clothing was seized as evidence.

He is charged with four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and offenses including robbery and assault.

Police said Gelman’s terror spree ended Saturday after he was captured on the subway beneath Times Square. After dodging officers by dashing across the tracks, Gelman pounded on the door of a moving train and demanded that the driver let him in. Then, authorities said he attacked a passenger, stabbing him in the head before two police officers sprang to his aid. When the fracas ended, Gelman was in handcuffs.

The capture ended a violent spree that began early Friday, when police say Gelman snapped during an argument over his mother’s Lexus. His stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, intervened and was stabbed to death.

Later that morning, police say Gelman turned up at the home of an acquaintance, Yelena Bulchenko, 20, and stabbed to death her mother, Anna Bulchenko, 56. When Yelena arrived home, Gelman stabbed her 11 times, killing her, authorities said.

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