Michael Sykes, 23, has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend and her three children at a Staten Island hotel Wednesday morning
A man who allegedly slaughtered his girlfriend and her two daughters – including his own five-month-old child – has been been caught after three days on the run, police have said.
Twenty-three-year old Michael Sykes fatally stabbed Rebecca Cutler, 26, in front of her children at a Ramada Inn in Willowbrook shortly before 9am on Wednesday morning, Police say.
A third child belonging to Cutler was also injured in the attack.
Cutler’s children have since been identified as two-year-old Miracle, her one-year-old sister Ziana and Syke’s own five-month-old daughter, named Maiyah.
The father of Cutler’s other daughters has not been identified.
Miracle is the only survivor and is said to be in a stable condition following surgery on Wednesday.
Sykes was caught on camera entering the hotel with his girlfriend and her three children on Wednesday morning, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
Cutler – who was homeless – had been living at the hotel, which served as a shelter under the Department of Homeless Services, since December 6 last year.
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Sykes (right and left) was caught on camera entering the hotel with his girlfriend (far left and far right) and her three children on Wednesday morning
A body is carried out of the Ramada Inn on Staten Island after the triple knife murder on Wednesday
This knife was discovered near the scene of the stabbing on Staten Island that left three dead
Officers from the NYPD emergency service unit during the search for the suspect in Wednesday’s Staten Island knife murders
After entering the woman’s hotel room at 8:50am, Sykes was spotted leaving the Ramada Inn a few minutes later.
Police believe that was the moment the attacks occurred.
A ‘large kitchen knife’ that was ‘full of blood’ was recovered near the crime scene, Boyce said.
Sykes called his mother on Wednesday morning and told her about the killings and then threatened to commit suicide, officials said.
Police believe Sykes departed the crime scene by bus and then left Staten Island on a ferry.
He then made his way across Brooklyn and up to Queens by cab on Thursday, say police.
Sykes was arrested on Saturday and is now being held in custody.
Sources told New York Post that the accused killer became ‘unhinged’ after he thought that Cutler had been ‘fooling around’ with the man who had fathered her other two daughters
Boyce noted that Sykes has no previous criminal history, and no previously known psychological issues.
Sources told New York Post that the accused killer became ‘unhinged’ after he thought that Cutler had been ‘fooling around’ with the man who had fathered her other two daughters.
Emergency services received the report of the stabbing at 11:11am and transported the victims to two different Staten Island hospitals, a spokesperson with the New York fire department told Daily Mail Online.
Police supplied these photos of Michael Sykes, 23, after he went on the run on Wednesday
All four victims were alive when paramedics arrived on the scene, but Cutler and one child died shortly afterwards, while the second child passed hours later, police and fire officials said.
The family is waiting for the city medical examiner to release the bodies of the young mom and her two youngest kids so they can plan their funerals, the New York Post reported.
It is unclear who will have custody of Miracle at this time.
The Ramada Inn hotel has been used by the Department of Homeless Services as a shelter since August last year, officials said.
All of the remaining 28 homeless families at the hotel will be relocated by Wednesday night, and the facility will no longer be used as a shelter, Mayor de Blasio said.
Speaking at the time of the attack, Mayor de Blasio said: ‘Every parent would share my view that our hearts break when see innocent children attacked.’
The Ramada Inn on Staten Island was the scene of the quadruple stabbing Wednesday that left three dead
NYPD emergency service truck at the scene of the triple murder on Staten Island Wednesday. The hotel is no longer being used as a homeless shelter, Mayor de Blasio said