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Naked man goes on stabbing spree in New York, kills one

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A mentally disturbed man, found standing naked on a street corner, went on a rampage with a kitchen knife in a Washington Heights building on Tuesday and killed one elderly occupant.

The nightmare began yesterday afternoon in the area of New York known as Washington Heights, in an apartment building. A man allegedly grabbed a 10-inch kitchen knife and began running down the hall, knocking on doors. He then stabbed whomever answered.

According to MSNBC, most of his victims were elderly residents of the building. Four people ended up stabbed, all of them seriously. However, the attacker killed 81-year-old Ignacio Reyes-Collazo, who had been a resident of the building for decades.

The man police eventually arrested is 23-year-old Christian Falero. He has been described by his neighbors as mentally unstable. He has been charged with second-degree murder and robbery.

One witness said that she saw Falero on prior occasions when he was on the elevator. She told the press that she felt Falero was mentally disturbed and that he was likely on medication and suffering from severe psychological issues.

The whole incident began at about 4:10 p.m. Falero lived on the fifth floor and he allegedly punched a 22-year-old woman in the face as she stood in the hallway of the building. He then ran back to his apartment and grabbed the kitchen knife.

Falero was eventually found by police standing on a nearby street corner. He was not wearing any clothing at the time and he had a number of knife wounds on his body. It was unclear if those wounds were self-inflicted. Falero was taken to a nearby hospital.

Reyes-Collaro was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital with stab wounds to his face and chest. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. His 75-year-old wife was also stabbed and she as taken to Harlem Hospital where she was expected to recover.

Another resident, a 60-year-old woman, was in critical condition with a stab wound to her eye. An 85-year-old resident was also in the hospital with multiple stabbing and slashing wounds.

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