The 26-year-old man arrested for the February stabbing of Yehuda Leib Brikman in Crown Heights, Brooklyn was found unfit to be prosecuted at this time due to mental illness, JP has learned.
Keny Rochelin was arrested on March 10 in connection with the stabbing, which was initially investigated as a possible hate crime. He subsequently had stabbed two other men in March, and investigators arrested him and linked him to the stabbing of Brikman.
Investigators at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office then determined that the stabbing of Brikman wasn’t a hate crime, and Rochelin was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment.
On Monday Rochelin appeared in court and was found unfit to proceed at this time as a result of mental illness.
Rochelin’s top charge is attempted murder in the second degree, prosecutors said.
Rochelin was sent back to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan under tight security, sources said, and he is scheduled to appear again in court on June 13.