The NYPD is hunting a ‘serial stabber’ who attacked three homeless men sleeping on park benches across the city, leaving one dead, during a seven-day crime spree.
The unidentified man’s crime-ridden week began on July 5 around 3am on the Hudson River Park walkway in Manhattan’s West Village.
The attacker, who goes by the name Delly, was seen wearing a sweatshirt from Innocence Project – a nonprofit that helps exonerate the wrongly convicted – when he approached a man, 34, lying on a park bench and ‘displayed an unknown sharp object.’
He then stabbed the man in the stomach before fleeing on foot and was later seen casually cruising around on a Citi Bike, the NYPD said.
An unidentified ‘serial stabber’ was seen cruising around NYC after stabbing his first victim on July 5 around 3.30am
The man was seen wearing an Innocence Project sweatshirt – a nonprofit that helps exonerate the wrongly convicted – after the stabbing
It is unclear why he is targeting the homeless. The NYPD is still looking for the man who killed one and is connected to two other stabbings in the span of a week
The victim, who was not named by police, was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was treated and later pronounced dead.
The ‘serial stabber’ would strike again on July 8 in Midtown East, a block away from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, around 10.30pm. This time he stabbed a 59-year-old male, who was also lying on a bench, in the abdomen.
Authorities transferred the victim to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical in ‘stable condition.’
Three days later, he would strike again at Stanley Isaac Playground on the Upper East Side around 3.30am.
He also stabbed his third victim, a 28-year-old man, in the abdomen.
The victim was sleeping near the basketball courts inside the small park when he felt a punch in his left side and woke up, police sources told the New York Post.
The man attacked three homeless men between July 5 and July 11 all across Manhattan, in the West Village, Midtown, and the Upper East Side
When he woke up, his attacker was standing over him with a knife, the Post reported. He then tried to chase down his attacker, but was unable due to his wounds.
He then called 911 and was transported to the Metropolitan Hospital in ‘stable condition,’ according to the NYPD.
The attack comes four months after another deranged killer murdered two homeless men and wounded three others in a series of shootings in NYC and Washington D.C.. Gerald Brevard III, 30, who has a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 2013, was arrested for the crimes in DC.
New York City has seen a spike in crime in recent years. Overall, crime is up about 37 percent compared to last year, a figure that only recently came down from the high 40s. As of July 3, over 61,000 crimes have occurred in the city, compared to 44,385 at the same time last year.
The NYPD does not publicly share statistics on the number of stabbings that happen in the Big Apple, but most major violent crime is up.
Assault is up almost 20 percent, rape 13 percent, and robberies almost 40 percent, as of July 3.
Transit crimes are up the most at 52 percent. New Yorkers have already experienced two fatal shootings on the subway, including one mass shooting on a Manhattan-bound N train when Frank James, 62, shot 10 people, non fatally, in an unprovoked attack in April.
The ‘amusement’ shooter who killed two homeless people and injured several others during a crime spree in NYC and DC
Gerald Brevard III, 30, was apprehended in DC in March after he was connected to several attacks in DC and NYC.
His reign of terror began on March 3 in DC around 4am. The first victim was wounded in the Northeast section of the city.
Days later, Brevard would strike again on March 8 around 1.30am. Surveillance footage reportedly showed the victim who later died, begging the killer to ‘please don’t shoot.’
After the attack, he allegedly played music on a street corner a block away, ‘as if there was some kind of amusement,’ a judge said.
His victim, from DC, was found inside a burning tent the following day, fatally suffering from burns and gunshot and stab wounds.
The first and second victim were shot a half-mile away from each other.
After hopping on a train to NYC an hour after the shooting, he began his crime spree again, shooting a man in SoHo and fatally injured another 90 minutes later on Layette Street.
He reportedly said nothing to the NYC victims before shooting them on the street, the NYPD said.
Brevard would shoot a total of five people, killing two, before being apprehended in DC on March 15. It is unclear when he traveled back to the capital.
His shooting spree took place over 10 days from March 3 to March 12.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, 61, has vowed to address the growing crimes rates in the city by adding more police officers in the subway stations and to tackle the growing gun problem.
He recently announced plans to hold a public safety meeting after a 20-year-old mother was shot point blank and killed while pushing her baby in a stroller on the Upper East Side.
Adams blamed the killing on the ‘over-proliferation of guns’ and said that criminals have ‘no fear in using these guns on innocent New Yorkers.’
‘More guns in our city means more lives lost,’ Adams said during a news conference at the site of the shooting earlier this month. ‘It means more babies crying, as those who love them lie dead.’
Overall crime has spiked 37 percent in the Big Apple compared to last year