Police have arrested a man wanted in a string of violent crimes in Manhattan that left two people dead.
Numerous charges have been filed against Roland Codrington, 35, of Manhattan, including murder and attempted murder.
According to the NYPD, he killed a doctor who was found in a Harlem park and another man who was found on a Lower East Side street.
Furthermore, Codrington is accused of attacking three people in a Harlem bar.
Just before 1 am on December 19th, the first victim was slashed in the neck. Following a brief conversation, a man approached and attacked the victim as he left a bar. It appears to have been a random encounter, according to the police.
The second attack took place on December 22nd. Using a baseball bat, a man allegedly choked a 29-year-old female employee behind the bar. A large knife was used to stab two customers who tried to intervene. The three victims of that attack survived.
According to the NYPD, the attacker felt disrespected by the employees at the bar about a week earlier.
Around 2:15 a.m. Friday, the NYPD says the same man entered Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. On the park’s path, he encountered 60-year-old Bruce Maurice Henry, a doctor. After a brief conversation, the attacker became enraged and repeatedly stabbed Henry in the torso, hands, and eye.
Henry’s body was found in the park by officers.
Henry’s car was stolen after the attack, according to the police. The stolen car was found by authorities on Saturday, and police say Codrington was driving the vehicle. He surrendered without a struggle.
It is reported that he has been arrested 12 times in the past. He faces two murder charges, two attempted murder charges, one assault charge, and one criminal mischief charge. Additionally, they are investigating whether he is connected to any unsolved stabbings in Manhattan.