A man accused of killing four people and wounding four others in a 28-hour rampage across the city told a police officer that he would beat the charges and be on the street again, according to court documents released Tuesday.
"I'll beat this. I'll go to a mental hospital for a few years and I'll get out on the street again, you'll see," Maksim Gelman told the officer after his arrest Feb. 12, according to the documents.
The 23-year-old suspect, wearing a bushy beard and ringed by guards, pleaded not guilty to murder charges Tuesday.
His attorney, Edward Friedman, said his client had a "fragile mental state," and he worried about his well-being, asking that no photographers snap images in court. The attorney didn't elaborate, but Gelman has spent much of his time since the arrest under medical supervision and previously told reporters his head wasn't right.
Gelman has already pleaded not guilty to assault and attempted murder in Manhattan, where he was tackled and arrested by police on a subway train near Times Square.
Authorities say Gelman's spree started on Feb. 11 and stretched from Brooklyn to Manhattan. It included killing a relative and acquaintances, running over a pedestrian, carjacking and other violence, police said.
"Where are we going?" Gelman asked an officer as he was being transported from Manhattan to a Brooklyn police precinct, according to the court documents.
After being told where he was headed, he said, "Please, just kill me now," the document says.
Earlier documents released by Manhattan prosecutors had Gelman saying he was sorry and offering rambling reasons for the rampage. Police recovered a bloody knife, three straight razor blades, a paring knife and $932, according to the documents.
The Ukraine-born Gelman's deadly spree started with a family argument over whether he could use his mother's car, police said.
After stabbing to death his stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, 54, in the family's Brooklyn apartment, Gelman went to the home of a female acquaintance, Yelena Bulchenko, police said. Bulchenko's friends have said he was obsessed with the 20-year-old woman and imagined a romantic relationship with her. It's not clear if they ever actually dated.
Authorities believe Gelman killed her mother, 56-year-old Anna Bulchenko, then waited hours for the daughter to return and stabbed her 11 times, authorities said.
When asked by police why they had to die, Gelman said, "because I said so," according to the documents.
Gelman left the Bulchenkos' home, rear-ended another car and stabbed its driver, police said. The driver survived.
Stealing the wounded man's car, Gelman drove off and plowed into pedestrian Stephen Tanenbaum, 62, who died from his injuries, police said. After abandoning the car, Gelman later hailed a livery cab and attacked its driver, then approached another car, attacked a man inside and seized the car, police said. Both men survived.
All those attacks happened in Brooklyn. Gelman was next spotted on a subway in Manhattan, where passengers recognized him from newspaper photographs and notified police, authorities said. He dashed across the tracks, switched trains and attacked a final passenger before he was grabbed by police who were in the subway car looking for him on the tracks.