Cops Hunt Suspect Accused of Stabbing, Bounding Man in BMW Trunk

Victim is hospitalized in a coma with stab wounds to the head, face and body

Friday, Jan 28, 2011  |  Updated 3:05 PM EDT
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Cops Hunt Suspect Accused of Stabbing, Bounding Man in BMW Trunk

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Cops are looking for Barion Blake (pictured here) in connection with the vicious stabbing of a man found tied up in the trunk of his own BMW.

A man found stabbed, bound and barely alive in the trunk of a BMW after a fender-bender had placed an online ad to sell the car, city police say. 

The NYPD says they are looking for the man they suspect was driving and fled the scene, 30-year-old Barion Blake of Manhattan.


Police spokesman Paul Browne tells The New York Times that the motive appears to be the robbery. The newspaper also reports Blake has a history of stealing BMWs.      

Police say the bloodied 33-year-old victim -- identified as Akeem Ajimotokan -- was found in the car's trunk in upper Manhattan on Wednesday. The car had collided with a taxi and the driver fled. That's when police noticed a man in the trunk.      

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the New York Post that Blake was stopped in Nassau County just hours after the assault, leading cops to a car chase.

"As he [the officer] approached, Blake jumps in the car and they take off," he said. "They go westbound on Jericho Turnpike [and] he goes south on the Cross Island Parkway. He’s pursued by the Nassau County police. In the snow, on the roadway, the police car overturns and he escaped."


Ajimotokan is hospitalized in a coma with stab wounds to the head, face and body.     

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