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.
⚠️ ARREST MADE
Mike Kushnir has been arrested & charged with murder for the March 27th stabbing of a 17-year-old in #wahi.
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) April 10, 2021