Hell’s Kitchen man cuffed for deadly Washington Heights stabbing

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A Hell’s Kitchen man was arrested on murder charges weeks after he allegedly stabbed a Bronx teenager to death in Washington Heights, police announced Saturday.

Mike Kushnir, 24, of West 41st Street faces second-degree murder charges for the March 27 slaying of Gerardo Rivas, 17, of Taylor Avenue in the Bronx.

Cops said that Kushnir allegedly plunged a knife into Rivas’ chest in the area of West 181st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue at about 2:09 p.m. on March 27. The motive for the attack was not disclosed.

Moments after being wounded, cops said, Rivas flagged down a passing EMS unit at the location, seeking aid. Paramedics quickly administered aid and rushed him to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, but he died there a short time later.

Police sources did not provide a possible connection between Rivas and Kushnir. 

On Saturday, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea took to Twitter to praise the detective work that led to Kushnir’s arrest.

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