Police Thursday officially charged a 27-year-old man for allegedly stabbing five people during a string of incidents in Queens, the NYPD confirmed.
Jermain Rigueur was arrested Wednesday evening after the NYPD mobilized an extensive effort to find him — deploying helicopters and additional officers in subways and on streets, police said.
By Thursday morning, Rigueur was awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon for the attacks, which sent each of the victims to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police said Rigueur lived in Rochdale, not far from where he allegedly snuck up behind his victims — all strangers — and stabbed them, unprovoked, with a knife. The attacks all took place within blocks of each other, police officials said.
Attorney information for Rigueur was not immediately available.