Midtown stabbing suspect found dead

September 30, 2009 2:40:20 PM PDT
The man wanted for the deadly stabbing in front of New York City's main post office has been found dead in Philadelphia. The suspect was identified Tuesday, and police said they were closing in.

Officials said the suspect had been tracked to Philadelphia with the help of family members.

ABC News has learned Sir'mone McCaulla was found dead in a bathtub Tuesday evening, with a bag over his head, a cable box in the tub with him and a confession.

He appears to have suffocated himself, police investigating the case tell ABC News.

According to authorities, at 5:45 p.m., McCaulla's ex-girlfriend was heard screaming when she entered the bathroom and discovered the body.

Although there was blood splattered at the scene, it appears unrelated to his death.

Earlier Tuesday, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly identified McCaulla. The break in the case apparently came thanks to photos taken by a German tourist, who witnessed the Sunday attack and instinctively snapped pictures of the suspect.

McCaulla served in the military in Kuwait. Police say he had three prior arrests.

Eyewitness News is told an NYPD officer unrelated to the case happened to see the photos and identified McCaulla. Kelly said three people also called in to CrimeStoppers to identify the suspect.

He was accused of stabbing 20-year-old Christopher Gutierrez during a chance altercation along Eighth Avenue near West 33rd Street around 5:45 Sunday afternoon.

Police say Gutierrez and McCaulla bumped into each other while walking. Witnesses said the two men started arguing, and at some point, McCaulla pulled out a knife and stabbed Gutierrez twice. He then calmly walked away, witnesses said.

According to McCaulla's suicide note, he claims Guitierrez instigated the fight by taking off his coat and walking towards him. The rambling, unpunctuated note also claims the media is reponsible for painting McCaulla in an unfair light.

Here is the text of the note, posted on McCaulla's MySpace page:

my statement b4 goodbye

I'm just going to vent to corrections to spell checks no nothing just gonna type first off I just wanna say sorry to my daughter that's heart and my love forever and I will be watching over you next to my mother and sister babygirl please take care of my baby for me I tried my best to be the best father I can be but it still seemed to go wrong I couldn't even win at losing it seem to the rest of my friends and family please don't have this change your out look on me its just breaking me up that they making me seem like a monster which I'm far from I never was charged with anything dispite that the making it seem like I got out and started to turn to crime yes I was never arrested for burglary or robbery but the meaning the media and police needs to paint a picture that I was a serious criminal when I was in the process to be a corrections officer for the city of new york but they will not not that some is wondering why my mind state was the way it was but I gotten jumped by several white guys when I was a teen but I don't think the media or police is gonna bring that up also as almost got stabbed to death meeting a friend after school on 59th st but that wont be mention nether because the need to make the public feel safe I was robbed at gun point blocks away from my house down the block from the police station and while coming home from a job interview I was on 51st st sitting on the steps waiting for the train reading a book when I was randomly attacked and the police at first tried to arrest me cause they couldn't believe that I was reading a book when it happen cause I guess I don't look like the reading type but then someone brought some of my things and the book that they swore I wasn't reading to the police station down the block so my mind state is when someone is tryin to hurt me I get defensive now sortta like its them or me I had lucky breaks b4 with death and attacks no one is pushing the issue that he came back towards me and took off his jacket and put his hands up but the paper and his family sayin this man was a saint he provoked me I wasn't gonna keep walking when this man is taken his stuff off I know the people that are not in my shoes say I'm a fool for not walking off but I could of walked but the story could of played out different where man walked off after bump but was attacked or killed etc etc I just got off the bus from new jersey didn't have a worry was just tryin to make it home to see my daughter walking south on 8th me and this man bumped into each on the sidewalk not the steps or any other place they tried to claim it was it happen on the sidewalk I turned around cause we bumped into each other he started talking like watch where you goin and we could fight I'm standing there cause I'm not gonna turn my back on him and hes already talking in a volence tone of voice and took off his jacket that's when my I started to get defensive I told the man keep it moving no problems but if u leap I'm gonna fuck you up not gonna lie didn't mean to kill him just wanted to stop the threat you don't come back towards a person u just bumped talking and taken your stuff off putting your hands up but nuff of him starting to think it's a waste of time to express myself any more I just hope the police release the footage so the people can see what really happen bout now after this yall will have a reason to say I had some problems cause this is the way I'm goin out rather go out in the hands of myself than another man sad to say but that's how I feel if its hard for me for me to find work out of the army its gonna be 10 times harder if I come out as a felon I hope this shows that the system is not built to fix a person to those that supported me I lived my life now it time for me to go Love Sir'mone

Ps Sweetie I Love You Live For Daddy Cause I Can See Now Your Stronger Than you ever I ever would be

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