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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  • nolastname

    What was his previous conviction??

    • BrooklynCat

      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

    • BrooklynCat

      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

      • LL

        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

  • Crashnburn

    I guess that means that they think he is still in the area?

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    We haven’t confirmed it independently, but other outlets are reporting that his car was found on East 15th Street and Avenue H.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    We haven’t confirmed it independently, but other outlets are reporting that his car was found on East 15th Street and Avenue H.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      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.

    • Mike

      Heard it on scanners. K9 is there aswell.

    • Local Broker

      You want to jump in the car and go hunt this guy down. We can be superheroes !

      • Mike

        if it wasn’t Friday night the Shomrim wouldve found this guy already lol

  • Local Broker

    This is going to make a good Law&Order episode.

  • Local Broker

    This is going to make a good Law&Order episode.

  • KARNIE

    RIP YELENA.

  • KARNIE

    RIP YELENA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1831817245 Logan Yu

    I live like right here… :(

  • Boo3939

    ave H and E 15…he may have hopped on the train and is long gone….

  • Shocked

    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

    • Mikeshn

      terrible situation

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrjmf John M Freligh

    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?

    • nolastname

      R U R X?

      • http://www.facebook.com/mrjmf John M Freligh

        huh?

        • nolastname

          Red Cross Cert?

          • http://www.facebook.com/mrjmf John M Freligh

            clearly no

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrjmf John M Freligh

    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?

  • BrooklynCat

    Give the MOB some money and they may find him

    $25,000 REWARD for his head

  • Kiska777

    And where is his mother, Svetlana Gelman? According to http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/nyregion/12stab.html?_r=1 there is a mother, as well and nothing is being mentioned…

  • Kiska777

    And where is his mother, Svetlana Gelman? According to http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/nyregion/12stab.html?_r=1 there is a mother, as well and nothing is being mentioned…

  • Kiska777

    ‘He flipped out when his stepfather wouldn’t let him have the car. It was four in the morning, who goes out at that time of the day? That’s what sparked this whole thing off. There must have been something more to it, I can’t believe that was just it’ – as per http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1356177/Streets-lockdown-police-cat-mouse-hunt-man-stepfather-girlfriend-mother-stabbed-death.html#ixzz1DiMl6Xe3

    • nolastname

      Kiska your comment makes it sounds like a drug or some sort of illegal run.

      • Kiska777

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

        • nolastname

          You are right.

  • nolastname

    junction has a lot of possibilities,

  • Lolwtfbritt

    rip yelena & her mother : (

  • Love_is_mylife140
  • Nopeepee

    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.

  • Markdman1oo

    I think he deserves a death sentence !

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