Ming Don Chen, a Chinese immigrant, has admitted he stabbed his cousin’s wife and her four children late Saturday.
All five died.
The New York Police Department told Epoch Times the suspect, 25-year-old Chen, implicated himself in the stabbings late Saturday in the Sunset Park neighborhood. Chief of Department Phil Banks said the victims “were cut and butchered with a kitchen knife.”
The stabbings happened in Sunset Park, a neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City.
The victims have been identified as 37-year old Qiao Zhen Li, 9-year old Linda Zhuo, 7-year old Amy Zhuo, 5-year old Kevin Zhuo, and 1-year old William Zhuo.
Police recovered a knife on the scene.
Chen is a cousin of the children’s father and had been staying at the home for the past week or so, Banks said.
Chen was in custody and wasn’t immediately available to comment.
Bob Madden, who lives nearby, was out walking his dog when he saw a man being escorted from the building by police. He was barefoot, wearing jeans, and “he was staring, he was expressionless,” Madden said.
Yuan Gao, a cousin of the mother, said the man had recently moved to the area and had been staying with different people.
Fire department spokesman Jim Long said emergency workers responded just before 11 p.m. to a 911 call from a person stabbed at the residence in Sunset Park, a working-class neighborhood of adjoining two-story brick buildings with a large Chinese community.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.