NEW YORK —
“It’s a scene you’ll never forget,” he said. The victims had wounds in their necks and torsos.
Chen was in custody and not immediately available to comment; it was not clear whether he had a lawyer. Banks said he had at first resisted arrest and, while being processed, assaulted a police officer.
Bob Madden, who lives nearby, was out walking his dog Saturday night when he saw a man being escorted from the two-family brick house by police. He was barefoot, wearing jeans, and “he was staring, he was expressionless,” Madden said.
Yuan Gao, a cousin of the mother, came by the house Sunday and stood on the street, along with the neighborhood’s mostly Chinese residents.
Some said that at Chen’s latest temporary home, days before the brutal killings, late-night arguments were loud enough to be heard outside.
Gao said Chen was emotionally unstable. “He’s crazy,” she said.
Gao also said Chen kept getting fired from various restaurant jobs after only a few weeks.
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.
Neighbor May Chan told the Daily News it was “heartbreaking” to learn of the deaths of children she often saw running around and playing.
“They run around by my garage playing. They run up and down screaming,” Chan said.
Other neighbors said they had heard loud arguments emanating from the home late on several nights before the murders.