Steven Hutcherson stabbed two teen girls at a Grand Central Terminal restaurant.
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Steven Hutcherson has been identified as the suspect in the stabbing of two teen tourists in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. The victims — ages 14 and 16 — were stabbed as they ate with their parents at Tartinery in the Grand Central Dining Concourse on Christmas morning. Both the girls were visiting from South America. According to police, the 36-year-old suspect reportedly shouted, “I want all the white people dead. I want to sit next to the crackers,” before carrying out the attack. The girls suffered non-life-threatening stab wounds.
Who is Steven Hutcherson ?
Steven Hutcherson, known for a history of mental health issues and with a previous arrest record, went on a rant expressing a desire for “all white people dead” before randomly stabbing two girls enjoying a meal with their parents at a Grand Central Terminal restaurant. The 16-year-old was stabbed in the back, while the younger girl suffered a stab wound to the thigh. The investigation revealed that Hutcherson had engaged in an argument with restaurant staff shortly before the attack as they attempted to kick him out of the eatery.
Transit police officers nearby quickly responded to the scene. Hutcherson surrendered and put the knife down upon their arrival. He was taken into custody and faces various charges, including felony counts of attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. Authorities are also considering hate crime charges due to the statements made by Hutcherson.
Reports indicate that both MTA police and NYPD were familiar with the emotionally disturbed suspect, given his arrest record. Hutcherson had been arrested twice since July this year for menacing people with a gun in the Bronx. His first arrest took place on July 24, resulting in a guilty plea for weapon possession and a 15-day imprisonment. He was arrested for the second time on November 7.