On Jan. 17, the New York Police Department announced that 27-year-old Jermain Rigueur, a greeter at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, was behind the series of unprovoked attacks and has been charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, CBS News reported.
NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban said, “Our investigators believe that each of these assaults were committed by the same person.”
The first attack took place on Jan. 9 when a 61-year-old was stabbed in the lower back on 137th Avenue near 157th Street, officials said.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Joe Kenny said Rigueur “actually laughed in the victim’s face” after the stabbing took place, CBS News reported.
On Jan. 16, a 34-year-old was allegedly getting off the bus at Guy Brewer Boulevard and 134th Avenue when a man approached her, speaking gibberish, authorities said.
Kenny said the woman “described being punched in the back,” but then she realized “that she was stabbed in her right side.”
On Jan. 17 at the same location, authorities said a 74-year-old man was taking his wife to work when he was stabbed in the back. The owner of a nearby dry cleaner called for help.
Within the same hour, police said Rigueur went on to stab two other victims. The first stabbing was a 41-year-old victim around the corner on 161st Street. Then, the second stabbing allegedly took place on an MTA bus near Archer and Parsons after the 36-year-old man got into an argument with the suspect.
Officials said all five victims are expected to recover.
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There was a sixth stabbing on a J train on Jan. 17 that police are investigating to see if it was connected to Rigueur.
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