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Maksim Gelman Charged: Suspect in NYC Stabbing Spree Claims "Setup"

His bloody clothing seized as evidence, Maksim Gelman wore a white jumpsuit during his Sunday night arraignment. While being escorted into a police car, Gelman yelled an obscenity and claimed he was the victim of a â
Maksim Gelman Charged: Suspect in NYC Stabbing Spree Claims "Setup"
Stabbing Rampage Suspect Maksim Gelman (New York City Police Department)

(CBS/WCBS) Maksim Gelman, the man being blamed for the deaths of four people in Brooklyn, was in custody Monday morning.

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His bloody clothing seized as evidence, Gelman wore a white jumpsuit during his Sunday night arraignment. While being escorted into a police car, Gelman yelled an obscenity and claimed he was the victim of a "setup."

None of his comments offered any real insight into the motivation of what police said was a 28-hour crime spree that included seven stabbings, three of them fatal, two carjackings, and one motor vehicle homicide.

Detectives believe his obsession with a woman from his neighborhood in Sheepshead Bay may have played a role - something his current public defender did not discuss.

"He seemed calm and rational. I don't want to get into his mental state at the time of the incident," said attorney Michael Baum.

Gelman is due back in court Monday to be assigned a new lawyer. He remains held without bail.

He faces four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of assault, two counts of robbery and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

The violence began before dawn Friday when, investigators say, the 23-year old Ukrainian immigrant stabbed his stepfather to death after he refused to give up the keys to his Lexus.

Gelman then allegedly took the car and drove to Yelena Bulchenko's house. Police said he stabbed her mother to death, then waited for the 20-year-old to come home.

When she did several hours later, police said Gelman chased her into the street and stabbed her to death.

"He was obsessed with her but she wanted nothing to do with him," said Aleksandra Ilyayeva, Bulchenko's friend.

After Gelman allegedly slashed and carjacked a man in Brooklyn, police said, he then ran down a 62-year-old pedestrian who died of his injuries.

Gelman then allegedly carjacked a cab driver early Saturday morning and disappeared into the mass transit system. He was finally tackled by two police officers and arrested around eight hours later in a subway tunnel under Times Square.

Police said Gelman attacked and unsuccessfully tried to kill a train passenger before trying to force his way into a motorman's car.