Photos: The Scene Outside – Hunt For Maksim Gelman

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I just got back from roaming around the crime scene area of East 24th Street and Avenue Y.

The avenue, from East 19th to East 26th, was lined with police cars when I arrived, most awaiting orders for positioning around the neighborhood. The area is serving as the base of operations for the citywide response to the hunt for Maksim Gelman.

In the photo above, crime scene units are suited up to comb East 24th Street, where Gelman killed his girlfriend and her mother at around 4:30 p.m. today. All of East 23th remains closed from Avenue U to Avenue Y, as Gelman headed north after the slaying, and then slashed and carjacked another victim at Avenue U.

Here you can see how the cars lined up:

As I approached the scene, large units of officers returned to their cars to scatter throughout the neighborhood:

Officers from every corner of the five boroughs and every kind of unit converged on Sheepshead Bay. There were Counter-Terrorism units, with mounted license plate readers, K-9 units, and heavily armed response teams on the scene.

During a drive around, I saw every major intersection had a police car stationed – often with the license plate readers. Other cars slowly patrolled side streets, checking parked cars as they went. The police kept their lights off to avoid obvious detection from the suspect.

As of this moment, the perp remains on the lam, and it appears the units have redeployed around the neighborhood, changing the focus of their search as they go.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

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  4. If I find him, I will chop his pee pee off and then turn him over.
    Here is the reward offer:

    Gelman is described as a white male, approximately 6-foot and 170 pounds. If you’ve seen him or the vehicle you are asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. Police are also offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to Gelman’s capture.

  5. according to ecourts he was arrested Sept 8th, 2010 for a minor offense in Brookly, saw a judge on the 9th who gave him a “Adjournment in contemplation of dismissal” for 6 months which means if he were to stay out of trouble, it would all go away. His next court appearance was due March 8th. Case #2010SK100230

  6. there’s gotta be more than just not letting him use the car. the guy s far gone alreasdy… but what about his mom?

  7. anyone know what frequency i can listen in to this? i heard before when it switched from the the 60 freq to CW2, but now im not hearing anything. did they switch freqs again?

  8. anyone know what frequency i can listen in to this? i heard before when it switched from the the 60 freq to CW2, but now im not hearing anything. did they switch freqs again?

  9. he wasn’t her boyfriend.. she had a boyfriend which was NOT him.. he is a crazy stalker. he’s going to burn in HELL

  10. And so he might be on foot now.

    If the car had been there more than 15 minutes it’s going to be more difficult finding him.

    Maybe he’s hiding somewhere along the tracks there.

    This is like the movie Naked City.

  11. Very good question.

    Wonder why it was not released yet.

    Maybe, the victim may have has an order of protection

    prior convictions should have been released by now

  12. Very good question.

    Wonder why it was not released yet.

    Maybe, the victim may have has an order of protection

    prior convictions should have been released by now