WEEDSTEELER LA RAZA
Last Updated: 4:03 PM, February 14, 2011
Posted: 1:16 AM, February 14, 2011
Brooklyn butcher Maksim Gelman fled to a freaky, litter-filled shrine — which he spray-painted with blood-red hearts and the name “Yelena,” his fatal obsession — while on the run, sources told The Post.
NYPD cops using tracking dogs made the chilling discovery while following the accused killer’s scent to beneath an LIRR freight-train overpass along Ocean Avenue on the western edge of the Brooklyn College campus.
There — on the outside wall of a ramshackle structure where Gelman had once been arrested for spray-painting graffiti — was a red heart with tragic victim Yelena Bulchenko’s first name sprayed on it.
Inside the cinder-block shack, known as a hangout for druggies and graffiti vandals, cops found hypodermic needles, beer cans and empty cans of spray paint littering the floor.
Police used a ladder to search crevices in the ceiling in their bid to find Gelman, who was on the lam after allegedly killing the 20-year-old Bulchenko, her mother, his stepdad and a pedestrian. But he was nowhere to be found.
Cops believe that Gelman, who tagged under the aliases “Max” and “Wes,” first made his way to the site because it was an area he knew well. The Pontiac Bonneville that he had allegedly carjacked from East 24th Street was found just yards from the tracks, its engine running.
Gelman wound up in the neighborhood surrounding St. Johns Place and Rochester Avenue, where he allegedly tried to steal another car.
He was finally nabbed during another stabbing spree aboard a No. 3 uptown train at 34th Street at around 9:15 a.m. Saturday.
Yesterday, an angry crowd verbally abused Gelman as he was walked to his arraignment from the 61st Precinct station house.
“Rot in hell!” someone shouted.
“Die!” and “Pig!” others yelled at the man charged in the bloodbath that started in Sheepshead Bay and ended 28 hours later.
Led by NYPD Officer Terrance Howell, one of the hero cops who took him down, the haggard-looking suspect snarled back at those who had gathered on Coney Island Avenue shortly before 3 p.m.
“Shut up, man!” he sniveled while bizarrely proclaiming his innocence. “This is bulls – -t. This was a setup.”