Andre Shobey, a 47 year old convicted sex offender on parole, fatally slashed an acquaintance in Queens, shot a woman in the Bronx and raped a teenage girl at gunpoint in Manhattan during a daylong, three-borough rampage. Shobey, a registered high-risk sex offender who was released in August 2003 after serving 18 years for robbery and the rape of an 11 year old girl, was arrested January 21, 2004, and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Additional charges are pending.

Shobey stood stone-faced as portions of his chilling confession were read in court.  In his confession, he recounted how he had been looking out the window of his friend's apartment in Jamaica, where he had fled in the midst of his spree, on January 21 when he spotted a love rival known as Stubby and became enraged.  He then described how he turned his anger on Terrance Neal, 19, who had been babysitting an autistic 4 year old girl.  He said he saw Stubby from the window and told Neal he was going to step on [kill] him.  Neal told Shobey not to make trouble and they argued.  When Shobey tried to leave Neal grabbed him arm and hood.  Shobey then slashed Neal with a knife and Neal ran into another room where Shobey chased him and stabbed him.  He then slashed his neck because he was making noise.  The little girl was in another room.  After the stabbing he allegedly sexually assaulted the girl.

Shobey apologized yesterday as he was sentenced to 15 years to life, but his words of remorse fell flat. This guy killed my brother, sobbed Porcher Summers, 23, sister of Neal.  He just took somebody's life away and he doesn't have any remorse...He's pathetic.

(New York)