A Chinese mirant who neighbors said struggled to survive in the US was arrested on Sunday on five counts of murder in the stabbing deaths of his cousin’s wife and her four children in Brooklyn.
The suspect in the slayings, 25-year-old Mingdong Chen, implicated himself in the murders on Saturday, police said.
“They were cut and butchered with a kitchen knife,” New York Police Department Chief of Department Philip Banks III said.
Two girls, nine-year-old Linda Zhuo and seven-year-old Amy Zhuo, were pronounced dead at the scene, along with the youngest child, one-year-old William Zhuo. Their brother, five-year-old Kevin Zhuo, and mother, Qiao Zhen Li, 37, were taken to hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.
On Saturday night, Chen had apparently been acting in a way that concerned Li, Banks said. She tried to call her husband, but could not reach him.
Banks said Li called her mother-in-law in China, who reached out to her daughter, who lives in the neighborhood, Banks said.
She and her husband came to the house and then called police.
“It’s a scene you’ll never forget,” Banks said.