According to law enforcement sources, the man who was allegedly stabbed in Queens over the past two weeks has been taken into custody and has been identified as a 27-year-old hospital worker from the same borough.
Jermain Rigueur — who laughed after stabbing a victim in the face — was captured Wednesday after the NYPD launched a frantic manhunt for the alleged stabber.
Rigueur, who lives in Queens, works as a receptionist at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, sources said.
No charges had been filed against him as of early Thursday.
All five victims were injured and bleeding when Rigour allegedly plunged a hunting knife into them, police said.
Jan. 8 The string of random attacks began when a 61-year-old grandfather was stabbed in the back while walking to the laundromat that evening. After the accused punched him from behind, he turned around and laughed at him, the victim told The Post.
This week, Shaneka Anderson, 34, was stabbed while walking home from her job with the TSA at LaGuardia Airport just after midnight Tuesday.
The next three victims were each stabbed Wednesday morning, prompting a media alert as the search for the serial tenant began.
The NYPD sounded the alarm at a press conference the same day and released images of the suspect before taking Riguere into custody that night.
“We have an unidentified individual walking the streets, stabbing people with a hunting knife,” NYPD Chief of Patrol John Sell warned earlier Wednesday.
Police Commissioner Edward Capan called the suspect “armed and dangerous.”
More than five cuts, police are investigating whether the same man attacked a Brooklyn subway platform Wednesday.
Before the break in the case, community members were left on edge.
“I've never been nervous here before, but now I am,” said the 134th Avenue and Guy R. said Raymond Coombs, who lives near Brewer Boulevard, where the two victims were attacked Wednesday morning.
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