Peter Zisopoulous was once transported by the victim’s unit as an EDP

The maniac, who is accused of fatally stabbing an FDNY lieutenant in Queens, had previously been taken to hospital by their rescue squad after he made anti-Asian threats online, law enforcement sources said on Friday.

Lt. Alison Russo wasn’t working for the rescue unit, Ward 49, in Astoria at the time of the 2018 911 call, but it’s still unclear if her paths may have crossed with Peter Zisopoulous before he allegedly attacked her on Thursday afternoon and stabbed her 19 times with a steak knife.

Peter Zisopoulous is shown wide-eyed in a mugshot, staring at the camera
Peter Zisopoulous was charged with murder for allegedly being FDNY Lt. killed Alison Russo.

The 34-year-old suspect, who was charged with second-degree murder and weapons possession in connection with the horrific murder on Friday, had been taken to Elmhurst Hospital by the unit in April 2018 because he was emotionally disturbed, law enforcement sources said.

He had allegedly made anti-Asian threats via Facebook and was ruled at the time as being diagnosed with a serious mental illness, the sources said.

FDNY Lt.  Alison Russo poses in an official FDNY photo
FDNY Lt. Alison Russo was stabbed 19 times Thursday afternoon.

Russo only arrived at the EMS unit, Station 49, which handled Zisopoulous’s emergency transport, in April 2021, the FDNY said.

Around 2:20 p.m. Thursday, Russo was on her lunch break when Zisopoulous suddenly ran towards her, knocked her to the ground and repeatedly stabbed her in what FDNY Acting Commissioner Laura Kavanagh called a “barbaric and totally unprovoked attack.”

Peter Zisopoulous is shown alongside NYPD detectives entering a waiting police car
Peter Zisopoulous gets into a police car.
Matthew McDermott for the NY Post

Amid the violence, a man riding by on a scooter witnessed the stabbing and confronted Zisopoulous in an attempt to stop the attack, law enforcement sources said.

“Fk you! F-k you!” According to the sources, the crazed attacker screamed as he began chasing the witness with his bloodied knife.

The witness got back on his scooter and fled.

Russo was with the FDNY for 24 years and spent her entire career in Queens. At the time of her death, she was about six months away from retirement. Peter Zisopoulous was once transported by the victim’s unit as an EDP


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