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Criminal allegedly stabs 2 teens at Grand Central Terminal while shouting racist remarks: 'I want all the white people dead'
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Criminal allegedly stabs 2 teens at Grand Central Terminal while shouting racist remarks: 'I want all the white people dead'

Editor's note: This story has been updated to remove the location of the November crime for which Hutcherson pled guilty. The original article stated that the incident occurred at Hutcherson's residence, but new reports indicate that it occurred elsewhere.

A man with a history of criminal convictions and a possible history of mental illness has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed two teenage girls while shouting racist invectives against white people at a café in Grand Central Terminal.

Around 11:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, two teenage girls visiting New York City from South America were enjoying an early lunch with their parents at Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. As the family members minded their own business, an unruly man — later identified as 36-year-old Steven Hutcherson of the Bronx — had become so disruptive at Tartinery in the Grand Central Dining Concourse that members of the Tartinery staff had to ask him to leave.

Rather than calmly oblige and vacate the premises, Hutcherson reportedly became enraged and began complaining loudly that the two girls, ages 14 and 16, were allowed to continue eating at the establishment. "I want all the white people dead," he said, according to police. "I want to sit next to the cr*ckers."

Hutcherson then allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed both girls. The 16-year-old victim was stabbed in the back so deeply that the blade of the knife nicked her lung. The 14-year-old was stabbed in the thigh.

Both girls were rushed to Bellevue Hospital. Thankfully, their injuries are not considered life-threatening. As of Tuesday afternoon, no new updates on their condition have been given. Their identities have not been released.

Officers with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority were able to apprehend the suspect within 30 seconds of the vicious attack. He has been charged with felony counts of attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, as well as misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

He also faces possible hate crime charges because of the seemingly racist statements. Officials do not believe he knew the victims.

This arrest marks the third arrest for Hutcherson in the past six months. He was also arrested in July and November on weapons-related charges as well as resisting arrest. In at least one instance, he was found with a dagger and a switchblade, police said. He also indicated that he had a gun in his possession, though no such gun was ever recovered, WABC-TV reported.

He pled guilty in both cases and was given a 15-day sentence for the July incident and a conditional discharge and temporary restraining order against the victim for the November incident.

WABC reported that in all, Hutcherson has been arrested 17 times by the MTA police and the NYPD. Multiple outlets, including WABC, described him as "emotionally disturbed."

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