Murderer ordered to undergo drug detox
Thrill-kill suspect faces 4 counts of 1st-degree murder
The man who told police his six-week killing spree was sparked by hatred of Middle Easterners because of Sept. 11 was charged yesterday morning with four counts of first-degree murder, making him eligible for the death penalty, authorities said.
Larme Price, 30, of Crown Heights, was also placed on a suicide watch and ordered to undergo drug detoxification at his lawyer's request.
Price, whose mother described him as mentally ill and a drug user, is charged with killing four immigrants in four different all-night stores in Brooklyn and Queens between Feb. 8 and March 20. He told detectives he was driven to kill by the "bad vibes" he got from people he considered Arabs, police said.
"He said 9/11 really upset him. He said that since 9/11 he has been disturbed and that's what's given him these urges to go driving," said Deputy Insp. Vito Spano, head of a task force formed to investigate the string of slayings after Albert Kotlyar, 32, was killed in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
When he got the urges, Price told police, he would get in his Lexus and drive around looking for people to kill.
Police searched Price's Lexus yesterday, discovering a black jacket and a cap emblazoned with the letter "B," similar to the one he had been wearing during at least one of the shootings and at the time of his arrest, officials said.