SON HELD IN
A man who had been released from the Brook-dale Psychiatric Center just two days earlier allegedly stabbed his mother as she came out of the shower of her East 103 Street home last Friday, police said.
Kevon Stewart, 21, was picked up on Rockaway Parkway near Avenue M by patrolling officers as he walked away from the scene where, police said, he stabbed his mother, Yvonne Stewart, 47, "at least 17 times." The mother was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where she clung to life for more than 24 hours, finally succumbing late Saturday.
Police from the 69th Precinct were called to the house at 1470 East 103 Street at approximately 10:40 a.m. on May 7 to see Mrs. Stewart lying on the grass of a neighbor’s house, two doors away from her home, naked and covered with blood. The neighbors said she told them she had been stabbed by her son.
Police sources said witnesses told them Mrs. Stewart was stabbed multiple times "all over her head, back and body" and that she came screaming out of her house and finally collapsed. One report noted that, although she was trying to get away from her knife-wielding son in terror, she managed to call 911 before running out the door.
The son, meanwhile, apparently ran out the back door of the house.
Sergeant Ray Singletary, who was patrolling the area with Police Officer Walter Brock, said he was at the corner of Rockaway Parkway and Avenue N when he heard the reports that the attacker had fled in an unknown direction.
"I headed towards the scene of the stabbing and saw a man in a hooded jacket walking the opposite way with a hood over his head," said Singleton. "I didn’t know if it was the suspect, so I followed him as he turned and walked up Rockaway Parkway towards Avenue M."
The sergeant said he and Brock got out of their vehicle just as another police patrol car headed south towards the area on the parkway. Stewart stopped at that point and Singletary told him to stay where he was.
"I saw that the front of his jacket was covered with blood," said the patrol sergeant. "He began to reach for what we thought was a knife in his belt, but we grabbed him before he could do so. We didn’t want to have to shoot him," he added, referring to the possibility that the suspect could want to commit "suicide by police shooting," meaning that if he pulled out the knife on purpose, the police officers would kill him.
"Instead, when he was collared he muttered things like, ‘God made me do it,’ and ‘Dark Star picked up the knife and stabbed Mom’." The knife was later found by detectives in the bedroom of the home on East 103 Street.
Although his mother died Saturday, Kevon Stewart has so far been charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and attempted murder.
District Attorney spokesman Carl Sandy said the grand jury will meet early next month to decide whether to change the main charge to murder.