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MoMa stabbing suspect arrested after ‘setting fire to hotel room & knife rampage’

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  • 5:02, 15 Mar 2022
  • Updated: 7:47, 15 Mar 2022

THE suspect accused of stabbing two employees at the MoMa museum in Manhattan and setting fire to a hotel room has been arrested.

Gary Cabana, 60, was arrested at a Greyhound bus terminal in Philadelphia early on Tuesday morning.

MoMa suspect Gary Cabana has been arrested

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MoMa suspect Gary Cabana has been arrestedCredit: NYPD

Cabana is wanted to stabbing two people inside the museum on Saturday

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Cabana is wanted to stabbing two people inside the museum on SaturdayCredit: NYPD

His arrest came hours after cops were looking for a man who appeared to resemble the 60-year-old.

Officers suspect that a fire was lit at a Best Western hotel by a man under the name Joseph Cabana who checked in on Saturday.

The arson suspect fled the scene and the hotel was shut, the New York Post reports.

Cops released footage of the Manhattan stabbing in a bid to catch the wanted man.

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Two employees stabbed at MoMA as cops hunt suspect who had membership revoked

The suspect jumped the reception desk and proceeded to attack and stab the employees in the back, collar bone, and neck.

He was seen on surveillance video fleeing the museum after the attack.

The two members of staff, a man and a woman, both aged 24, were rushed to Bellevue Hospital where they remain in a stable condition.

Cabana was a regular at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), but had been sent a letter Friday revoking his membership, cops said.

“His membership had expired as a result of two incidents involving disorderly conduct here at the museum,” said John Miller, NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism.

“A letter revoking his membership went out yesterday, and he showed up today with the intention of attending the film that was being played.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been briefed on the situation and a statement was released by his press secretary, Fabien Levy, via Twitter.

“This appears to be an isolated, criminal incident. Neither victim is suffering from life-threatening injuries at this time.

“The mayor will continue to monitor the situation and the progress of the two victims.”

Multiple witnesses have taken to Twitter to share their experiences as chaos broke out during the incident.

Visitor Dee Daily and his daughter were in the gift shop, when employees rushed them to a safe room in the basement.

“It was nerve-racking. I was trying to keep myself calm for my daughter,” he said.

Another tourist called Missy said: “I saw like the ribbon there with ‘police’ written on it. Then a woman lying like sitting on the floor alive, but then I think I saw a patch of blood on the wall.”

Alyssa Katz tweeted that a “stampede” of people were seen “fleeing” the museum.

“I just spoke with witnesses visiting from Cannes, France. They saw someone stabbed in the underarm on the first floor,” Katz wrote.

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Gary Cabana, 60, was arrested at a Greyhound bus terminal in Philadelphia early on Tuesday morning.

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/uncategorized/17950494/museum-stabbing-suspect-manhunt-update-news/

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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