So it was no surprise and with a lot of trepidation that we learned that NYPD was pursuing him with great alarm and that his killing and maiming spree had touched down near Avenue H and I, near the Avenue H subway stop that is closest to us. We took a walk a Saturday morning to the deli under the tracks with the pooch and sure enough there were signs of the NYPD investigation on East 15 and Ave H, a short block that leadsto a footbridge over the Long Island freight train railroad tracks. We were concerned for our family's and everyone's safety who use that stop.
After four killings as well as a sideshow of slashings, stabbings and hit and runs, the police captured him on the subway in Manhattan when he tried to get into the motorman's compartment on a No. 3 train, where a couple of cops were scanning the tracks looking for him. From Friday night when we heard the helicopters after evidently the abandoned car had been found, we wondered -- he couldn't still be around, could he? And now the NY Post reports (and the NY Times provides photos here )that he had a little hideaway under the elms in the ditch where the LIRR freight lines are. It appears to have been part drug-shack with some bizarre elements highlighting his fantasy love obsession with one of his victims.
The NY Post also reports on Mr. Joseph Lozito, the heroic straphanger from suburban Philly who works at Avery Fisher and who was wounded in the struggle as he and cops took down Mad Max. To the end, the alleged killer indicated he was "set up." When Commissioner Ray Kelly states as he did in a news conference that he had never seen anything quite like this criminal rampage, and that he was concerned for the safety of all citizens until he was caught, this was clearly Serious Business. After the week of news from Egypt, it also was a measure of the gravity of the situation that this could push its way into the news cycle. New York, New York..