Mother Stabbed By Son
Across From P.S. 114: Cops
By Charles Rogers
A 53-year-old mother was stabbed more than 20 times by her son following an argument at the mother’s Remsen Avenue home last week, police said.
The victim, Viola Anderson, fled out the front door and fell unconscious on the sidewalk outside her house, which is located directly across the street from P.S. 114. The son, Michael Anderson, 28, fled after the stabbing, leading to a manhunt involving Emergency Service Unit teams, a search-dog unit and helicopters.
Anderson was arrested the following day at a friend’s house in East Flatbush.
According to Detective Sean O’Rourke of the 69 Precinct, the stabbing happened shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, when the pair became involved in an argument after Mrs. Anderson told her son to leave an apartment he lived in above a garage behind her house.
"Neighbors called 911," said O’Rourke, "and, when patrol officers arrived, they found Mrs. Anderson on the ground." He said the woman was unconscious at first, but awakened and told the officers, "my son Michael did this to me." She was taken to Brookdale Hospital by Emergency Medical Service paramedics. O’Rourke said she was treated and later listed in stable condition, despite having sustained multiple wounds. A kitchen knife, allegedly the weapon used in the stabbing, was later discovered.
Neighbors said they heard a commotion at the house, saw Anderson on the ground and called for help.
"It was awful," one woman said. "I tried to help her and shield her from being seen by some of the children arriving at the school across the street. If it had happened just a few minutes earlier, when most of the students were just coming to school, they couldn’t help seeing it."