May 13, 2021 By Ryan Songalia
A Queens man has been charged for a stabbing spree that left one man dead and two others injured.
Mark Albano, 34, is alleged to have stabbed a homeless man to death at the Grand-Avenue-Newton Subway Station on April 23, and then stabbed two other people in Elmhurst within hours of each other on May 7 and 8.
Albano, of Grand Avenue in Elmhurst, was arraigned Sunday in Queens Criminal Court on three separate criminal complaints which include charges of murder, attempted murder and assault.
If convicted, Albano faces 25 years to life in prison.
According to the first complaint, Albano is alleged to have approached Leroy Williams, 57, on the Grand Avenue subway platform at approximately 3:30 a.m., before fatally stabbing him once in the chest.
“A brutal, unprovoked killing in a subway station stokes dread throughout the entire city,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
On the evening of May 7, Albano allegedly approached a man from behind at 51st Avenue near 90th Street and stabbed him multiple times in the upper back. The 31-year-old victim collapsed to the ground and was rushed to the hospital. He sustained partial paralysis from the attack.
Early the following morning, Albano is alleged to have confronted another man inside the basement of a building on Van Loon Street. He then stabbed the 40-year-old victim in the arm and armpit, leaving him in a pool of his own blood.
That victim was taken the hospital where he received stitches and staples to close the wound.
Albano was arrested May 8 several blocks away from the Van Loon Street stabbing. He was carrying a bag that contained a knife, according to authorities.
Prosecutors have charged Albano with second degree murder for the brutal killing of Williams on the subway platform, as well as tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon.
For the May 7 stabbing, he faces charges of attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first and second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.
He has also been charged for the third stabbing with attempted assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.
“The successful re-opening of our borough and our city depends on New Yorkers being safe and feeling safe, on our streets and in our subways,” said Katz. “My Office is committed to holding accountable those who would hold the city hostage to fear with acts of violence.”