Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann acted “like road rage without the car” when he blew up with an ex-policeman on a train before waiting for him and launching a second verbal assault days before his arrest, it’s claimed.
The alleged killer, who is 6-foot-4, “was a bully and seemed like the type of person who felt like he could get away with it because he was big,” a former police officer said. The trading desk podcast.
“I got the impression that he felt it was almost his right to be able to confront people and express his opinion about what was happening around him, without being asked,” added the anonymous ex-police officer.
Heuermann, a 59-year-old architect, was arrested Thursday after police used cellphone data and DNA evidence to link him to the 2010 murders of Megan Waterman, Amber Costello and Melissa Barthelemy. He has pleaded not guilty.
He is also considered the main suspect in the death of a fourth woman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, aand because he has been on the loose for more than a decade, police fear that may also be responsible for other unsolved crimes.
Heuermann, 59, was dramatically arrested on the street Thursday night around 8:30 p.m. on suspicion of some of New York State’s most gruesome and prolific unsolved murders.
On Thursday night, Long Island serial murder suspect Rex Heuermann walked nonchalantly down the street in Midtown Manhattan before being arrested.
Now new revelations about his character have been made, with the ex-policeman stating on the security podcast that Heuermann’s behavior towards him was “risque”. fox news reports.
The former police officer said he was traveling between Massapequa Park, where Heuermann lives, and Penn Station in Manhattan, when the murder suspect launched into a minor tirade.
He said he expected the confrontation to end there, but when he got off the train he found Heuermann waiting for him at the top of the escalator, where he launched a new verbal attack.
The man said he decided to walk away, concluding: “It was a little weird… But listen, this is New York.”
He said that while the verbal altercation had nothing to do with the Gligo case, “it would give you an idea of the mindset.”
He is also considered the prime suspect in the death of a fourth woman, 25-year-old Maureen Brainard-Barnes, whose body was bound and hidden in thick brush along a remote beach road.
He added that he knew it was Heuermann who had confronted him because of his “missing left front tooth” and “very distinctive voice,” and that he “immediately recognized him when he saw his name in the media.
The anonymous man said he had the confrontation with Heuermann just two weeks ago, just over a week before the murder suspect was arrested.
An account from an ex-girlfriend of the murder suspect has painted a picture of his obsession with the true crime.
In an interview with the New York Daily NewsNicole Brass, 34, said about a decade ago, when she was “dating” Heuermann, he would talk about the recent, unsolved murders.
“He asked me if I’m a real crime fan… We talked briefly about other serial killers, then he said, ‘Have you heard of the Gilgo Beach murders? That’s when it got really weird.”
Meanwhile, neighbors in the middle-class community where Heuermann lived his entire life in Massapequa Park, near where the victim’s remains were found, have described him as a threatening figure.
‘We would cross the street. It was someone you didn’t want to be near,’ said neighbor Nicholas Ferchaw, 24. the New York Times.
Heuermann was under 24-hour surveillance prior to his arrest around 8:30 p.m. last Thursday, on suspicion of some of New York State’s most gruesome and prolific unsolved murders.
New York State Troopers removed hundreds of weapons from a ‘walled vault’ inside Heuermann’s home over the weekend.
He was arrested near his office in Manhattan, and police said this was done to prevent a confrontation at his Long Island home, where he kept an “arsenal” of 200 guns.
While he was legally registered to possess 92 guns, police found more than 200 firearms and other weapons in the small home.
They were kept in a walled vault that could only be accessed through a metal door, according to sources cited by CNN.
In an interview in Good morning america On Tuesday, former NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the reason Heuermann was stopped on the streets of Manhattan and not at his Long Island home was because he had too many weapons.
Heuermann’s arrest came steps from where investigators say he made the phone calls arranging sexual encounters with the victims and also where he called and taunted the families of the dead women.
Prosecutors have explained how Heuermann was driving the same car that was seen by a witness to one of the murders in 2009.
Investigators were then able to link that car to Heuermann’s cell phone records, linking him to locations connected to the murders.
He allegedly conducted at least 200 searches for information on the investigation of the Gilgo Beach murders and compulsively searched for the victims and their families.
Eventually, cops were able to match his DNA from an uneaten slice of pizza to one of the bodies.
Heuermann’s rare first-generation Chevy Avalanche was seized by cops in rural South Carolina and is now making its way back to New York.
Cops say Heuermann also used Melissa Barthelemy’s phone to make taunting calls to her family from the victim’s phone, calls that were made steps from her swanky Manhattan office.
Following Heuermann’s identification as the owner of a Chevrolet, police issued more than 300 subpoenas, search warrants and other legal processes to obtain more evidence.
Prosecutors hope the evidence found in the rare first-generation Chevy Avalanche will help them make an airtight case against it.
Heuermann has been charged with three murders and police say he could soon be charged with the murder of 25-year-old Maureen Brainard-Barnes, whose body was bound and hidden in thick brush along a remote beach road.
The murders have remained unsolved for more than ten years after police first discovered the bodies of murder victims along Ocean Parkway, a barren stretch of shoreline east of New York City.