Long Island man charged in death of lover stabbed over 100 times

Adam Warner
June 15, 2019 - 11:16 am
Ryan Lindquist

Nassau County Police

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MERRICK, N.Y. (1010 WINS) – Police say they've made an arrest in the brutal death of a Long Island man who was stabbed over 100 times by his lover.

Ryan Lindquist, a 21-year-old Massapequa man, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder Saturday.

Families of both the suspect and the victim were in the courtroom Saturday as Lindquist was arraigned and ordered held without bail.

Lindquist’s arrest comes two weeks after Evan Grabelsky, a 32-year-old teaching assistant at Great Neck North High School, was found stabbed at his home near Elliott Street and Frankel Boulevard in Merrick.

Nassau Police Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said the two men met on a dating website two years ago and began an intimate relationship about a year ago. He said their families did not know they had been dating.

Fitzpatrick said the men met at Grabelsky's home for a date on June 1 before something went wrong and Lindquist allegedly stabbed Grabelsky more than 100 times.

"Both of his hands were cut up, which is indicative with someone who has stabbed somebody over 100 times. The likelihood of you sliding your hand on the knife and cutting your own hand is very likely," Fitzpatrick said.

There were signs of a struggle at the home, but no evidence of a forced entry, suggesting the victim may have known his attacker.

Police say video surveillance and text messages helped point them to Lindquist.

The altercation is being considered a domestic dispute by police as they investigate a motive.

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