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NYC stabbing spree suspect charged with three counts of attempted murder

Twenty-seven-year-old hospital greeter Jermain Rigueur allegedly stabbed five people, three on the same morning

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January 18, 2024 12:39pm

Updated: January 18, 2024 2:55pm

A New York City stabbing spree suspect who attacked victims across the Queens borough has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and four counts of assault for five separate attacks.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jermain Rigueur, who allegedly, sadistically laughed in one victim’s face after he stabbed them, was charged Wednesday with three counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault, one count of attempted assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to representations made by the New York Police Department.

Rigueur, who worked as a professional greeter at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, was arrested by the NYPD Wednesday night amid a manhunt as police officers scoured the city.

The 27-year-old allegedly started his stabbing spree on Jan. 8. His first victim was a 61-year-old grandfather whom he literally stabbed in the back as he walked to a laundromat that evening. 

According to a report filed Wednesday by the New York Post, Rigueur allegedly stabbed the elderly gentleman from behind and as the man writhed in pain, he smiled and casually walked away.

This week, Rigueur allegedly attacked a 34-year-old woman named Shaneka Anderson while walking home after midnight Tuesday from her TSA job at LaGuardia Airport.

His next three victims were all stabbed Wednesday morning, sparking a fury within the NYPD and sending police on a manhunt.

The NYPD is also investigating whether Rigueur is also responsible for a separate Wednesday attack on a man who was assaulted on a Brooklyn subway platform.

The NYPD also recruited the help of the media by holding a press conference and sending out pictures of Rigueur to warn the public.

Police Commissioner Edward Caban said Rigueur was “armed and dangerous” while NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell told New Yorkers, “We have an unidentified individual who is walking around the street randomly stabbing people with a hunting knife.”

If convicted with successive sentences, Rigueur could face decades in prison due to the three attempted murder charges.