Bottles of mystery liquid found at hazmat 'murder' home where 3 relatives fell unconscious & dad ‘stabbed to death’January 14, 2021
BOTTLES of mystery liquid were discovered at a Queens home where three relatives were found unconscious and dad was stabbed to death.
Police responded to a 911 call of an "emotionally disturbed person" at 6.29am on Thursday morning.
Initial reports arose, which were confirmed to The Sun by the fire department, that a mass suicide had taken place in the location, and hazmat teams were sent to the scene.
However, when officers entered the building, they found a 30-year-old man acting erratically.
Joseph Kenny, Assistant Chief to the Detective Bureau said that upon arrival he was acting "very incoherently" and "made statements that he had injured somebody inside of the apartment."
Entering the house, at 221-15 Hempstead Avenue, cops found a 72-year-old man with trauma to his torso, who was pronounced deceased by emergency medical services.
Kenny said that the elderly man was found lying in the bathroom with multiple stab wounds.
A pair of scissors were found lying in the hallway, but it is undetermined if they were used as the murder weapon, Kenny said.
Three other people, a 70-year-old believed to be the suspect's mother, a 31-year-old believed to be his brother and a 29-year-old believed to be his sister-in-law, were found unconscious and unresponsive on a mattress.
They did not have any trauma signs to their body, Kenny said, so detectives are investigating how they were found unconscious.
Kenny said that the Fire Department were at the scene and determined there was no elevated CO2 levels in the apartment.
The NYPD told The Sun that three bottles with a liquid that is not believed to be water were found at the scene.
The bottles appeared to have been drunk from, but officers are not sure what the substance was as of yet, they confirmed.
The victims were taken to an area hospital in critical condition.
The 30-year-old was taken into police custody and for a mental evaluation at Queens General Hospital.
Ian Ramsey, a friend of the man who was killed, told the New York Post that he received a phone call following the incident.
"Right now, I’m confused. I couldn’t believe it," Ramsey said. "What could prompt something like that?"
He added that a neighbor had reported hearing "some noises."
"They know they do their chanting so they didn’t take it into consideration," Ramsey said, explaining that the family is known to chant for religious purposes.
Another tenant told the Post that the family were "a good, church-going family" and said they were "very surprised" by the news.
A hazmat crew was also called to the scene, the New York Fire Department said.
Dudley, 44, who owns a repair shop across the street said: "I came to work this morning around 8am and the place was swarming with cops.
"There was cops everywhere, firefighters everywhere.
"I’ve been here for five years and I’ve never seen anything like this. This area usually nice, cool, calm."
Cops and detectives were barricading the entrance to the apartment building, and a crime scene unit van arrived just shortly after 10am.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz visited the crime scene, but did not comment on the incident.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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