Man Sought in Psychologist’s Stabbing

Man Sought in Psychologist’s Stabbing

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    Man Sought in Psychologist’s Stabbing

    Man Sought in Psychologist’s Stabbing
    Published: February 13, 2008

    Armed with a suitcase full of knives, an unidentified middle-aged man unleashed a rampage of violence inside the offices of an Upper East Side psychiatry practice on Tuesday night, fatally stabbing and slashing a well-known psychologist before wounding her colleague when he tried to come to her aid, officials said on Wednesday.

    The assailant had not been identified as of Wednesday afternoon, the police said, though investigators were pursuing a theory that he was either a patient at the suite of offices, at 440 East 79th Street, or that he had some kind of ties to the establishment or the services it provided.

    Originally, the assailant had arrived at the offices, about five seconds after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, asking to visit Dr. Kent T. Shinbach, 70, a psychiatrist there, the police said.

    But at some point he disappeared inside the office of another counselor there, Kathryn Faughey, 56, the police said.

    There, he unleashed a barrage of violence, fatally stabbing Dr. Faughey. At some point, when Dr. Shinbach heard the attack and went to the office of his colleague, the assailant turned on him and Dr. Shinbach was seriously injured, officials said.

    The scene was marked by blood and upended furniture, the police and neighbors said.

    “We could see in the office where the blinds had been ripped off and were hanging at a strange angle and the entire office was in disarray,” said Alexandra Pike, 20, a student who could see into the office where the attack occurred from the window of her apartment across the street. “Papers were strewn around and there was overturned furniture. And it was clear there was some kind of scuffle.”

    It is unclear what the man’s motive was, and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly released a sketch of the suspect after a news conference at 1 Police Plaza on Wednesday, saying detectives were seeking him. The sketch was based on descriptions provided to detectives of those who saw the man in the moments before the attack — including the surviving victim — but who could not identify him by name.

    “Obviously there is a forensic evidence aspect to this case,” Mr. Kelly said. “We’re getting information from the doctor and other medical professionals in the suite to determine if they have any information to add as the investigation goes forward.”

    He added: “We’re fully engaged on several fronts.”

    Mr. Kelly described the assailant as a man in his 40’s, about 5 feet 9 inches, with brownish or blond hair. He was wearing a three-quarter length green coat, with sneakers and a baseball cap, said Mr. Kelly, as he held up the sketch before a bank of television cameras.

    The first sign of the man’s entrance at the building was captured on videotape —as he walked in the front door about five seconds after 8 p.m., passed by a doorman and went into the counselors’ suite of offices, the police said. He was inside for about an hour: A videotape showed him leaving through a basement door about 8:54 p.m., the police said, and it showed a view of him from his back.

    Blood was found on the door — a panic door that locks on its own when it shuts — indicating the assailant might have been wounded.

    Before he fled, the assailant left two suitcases in the basement. Inside one was assorted women’s clothing — some shoes, a top, as well as diapers for adults. He other had about eight knives, the police said. Upstairs in the room of Ms. Faughey, investigators found three other weapons, including two knives and a cleaver with a broken handle, the police said.

    A female patient was in the lobby of the counselors’ suite when the assailant showed up, the police said. She apparently left before the attack on Dr. Faughey became known, but detectives tracked her down and interviewed her, the police said. Dr. Shinbach was also interviewed after undergoing surgery at New York Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
    So sad.

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    Outlawing knives in NY is now in order. Very sad story.
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    If one office worker had been armed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojust View Post
    If one office worker had been armed...

    Not in the "helping professions", no sir, too victimesque of a profession.
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    "Armed with a suitcase full of knives,"

    A suitcase full: That's an "arsenal" of knives.

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    It is a shame to see this happen. I wonder how many Dr.s are going out and buying OC or other form of defense? If the NYPD maked it easier for legit person(s) to own a firearm this may have be prevented.

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    High Capacity Suitcase.

    Law Just Passed To Limit...Maximum 10 Knives Per Suitcase Only.
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    Sadly but most realistically everyone can't and won't be armed everywhere toward every occurrence. :\

    Myself if I were a psychiatrist working with clients who are known and documented to me to have issues such as this client who can or are outwardly violent, I'd have some sort of defensive tool(s) at close hand. It's just prudent in my mind, akin to how firefighters tend to have a water hose and/or extinguisher close at hand when they are on the job working with a 'client'.

    But still some times stuff just can't be predicted nor in a case like this avoided.
    Sucks to be these two victims and no doubt when the attacking patient is located he'll be found insane and spend his time in a rubberized room to forget what he's done.

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    Makes you wonder where he purchased the Assault Suitcase. Legal luggage store or black market? Did they run a NIC on him? He had 2 suitcases, did he buy both of those deadly assualt suitcases at the same time? We have to put a stop to these things happening!! Need new laws: 1 suitcase a month, 7 day cooling off period to pick it up, maybe even a mental health screening before receiving a permit to buy or possess one!!

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    My wife is a mental health counselor, pretty scary. I am glad she has her trusty sp101 357mag hidden on her when she counsels.

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    February 17, 2008 -- An "emotionally disturbed" man believed to be the "East Side Butcher" - wanted in a brutal slashing rampage that left one therapist dead and another severely injured - was nabbed by cops yesterday at his Queens home after investigators found his prints at the scene.

    Cops picked up David Tarloff, 39, at his home in Corona at 7:20 a.m. in connection with Tuesday's bloodbath at the East 79th Street office of Dr. Kathryn Faughey, 56 - who died after being slashed 15 times with a meat cleaver.

    Police also revealed that Dr. Kent Shinbach, 70, who was badly hurt in a desperate effort to ward off the attacker, was the madman's intended target as he may have committed Tarloff to a mental institution 17 years ago.

    Tarloff, who had cuts on his hands, was allegedly identified by three witnesses, including Shinbach and two female patients, and was hauled to the 19th Precinct station house for questioning.

    There, he "made statements implicating himself in the homicide and assault," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, adding that he appeared "calm" at the time.

    "He made statements to the effect that he intended to rob Dr. Shinbach and not harm Dr. Faughey," Kelly said.

    "We believe he wanted to rob Dr. Shinbach . . . and perhaps leave the country with his mother."

    Investigators found Tarloff after lifting his palm prints from the telescopic handle of the suitcase left behind at the scene.

    Sources said the suitcase held women's clothes and adult diapers for his mom, Beatrice, 73, to use during their escape, possibly to Hawaii.

    He also left behind a bag that contained eight knives, duct tape and rope, sources said.

    Tarloff allegedly claimed that he unleashed his furor on Faughey, slashing her mercilessly to death with a meat cleaver and a nine-inch knife, after she confronted him.

    "She tried to kill me," he allegedly babbled after being questioned by cops for 25 minutes and then asking for a lawyer.

    He was also allegedly caught on surveillance tape the night of the crime casing the building.

    Tarloff's fingerprints were taken after he was arrested two weeks ago in a bloody assault, Kelly said.

    In that incident, Tarloff allegedly slugged a security guard at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, where he was trying to visit his sick mother, sources said.

    He was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and harassment, then released the next day without bail by a Queens judge.

    After the fingerprint match was made yesterday, Tarloff was traced to an address in Corona that he used in a 2001 application for a taxi and limousine license, Kelly said.

    After being arrested, Tarloff told cops he was a patient of Shinbach, who was released from the hospital today.

    The doctor had Tarloff committed to a mental institution in 1991, the suspect told police.

    Court records show Tarloff has a history of violent crime.

    He was also deemed an "emotionally disturbed person" by the NYPD twice last year as well as after the most recent incident in Queens, the commissioner said.

    Tarloff also claimed that he "may have been institutionalized or incarcerated up to 20 times," Kelly said, but "criminal records don't show that at this time."

    Tarloff, who was led out of the 19th Precinct last night wearing sweats and staring icily ahead, was charged with murder, attempted murder and assault in the rampage.
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