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NYC man who went on stabbing rampage has been arrested and charged with suspicion of attempted murder
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NYC man who went on stabbing rampage has been arrested and charged with suspicion of attempted murder

A hospital employee in New York City was recently arrested after going on an unprovoked stabbing spree that injured six people. The fallout of the string of incidents has instilled "real fears throughout" the city, according to NBC News.

Jermain Rigeur, 28, had no criminal record before attacking six people with a knife. However, he has been put in jail for suspicion of attempted murder, felony assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the authorities. Rigeur was employed at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Rigeur had passed a background check, and he did not show any obvious signs of mental health difficulties.

Dr. Mitch Katz, NYC Health and Hospitals CEO, said that the suspect did not initially raise any red flags. However, Rigeur has since been put on administrative leave.

"He completed a background check, and as you heard from the police chief, he had no priors. So even though we do fingerprinting, his record was clear. He passed the background check," Katz said.

"He has only worked for us since mid-November. He never worked independently at Woodhull. He was still 100% being observed as part of his orientation. His job was greeting patients as they came in and directing them to the appropriate place."

NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban said the authorities managed to track Rigeur down after launching a citywide manhunt and receiving a tip about the man's whereabouts. Photos of the suspect were also released, according to CBS News.

"We are pleased to say this particular threat has ended. A violent criminal is off the streets because of good old-fashioned police work," Caban said.

The authorities carried out almost 1,000 interviews and interactions with witnesses before the suspect was finally caught. The authorities also credited the tip line for helping end the search, per reports.

"We're standing here as the executive of the city and the leaders of the police department, but the real credit goes out to the men and women knocking on doors, probably 1,000 interviews and interactions with New Yorkers, tip hotlines from New Yorkers who saw the photos that went out to assist us," Mayor Eric Adams said.

"Ultimately, it came down to basic detective work -- chasing down leads, knocking on doors. It was about walking through neighborhoods and talking to people, interviewing witnesses, and canvassing video," Caban said.

"And through it all, remain focused on one thing: ending this threat."

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