Roland Codrington: What we know about the NYC man arrested in violent spree including 2 stabbing deaths


The NYPD have arrested Roland Codrington, a man wanted in a string of violent crimes in Manhattan that left two people dead and several others wounded.

Roland Codrington was arrested on Christmas Eve while driving the black Mercedes Benz of beloved Manhattan pediatrician Bruce Maurice Henry, whose bloodied body was discovered at Marcus Garvey Park on Friday.

Roland Codrington is currently facing a slew of charges, including murder and attempted murder.

Codrington is also charged with assaulting three people in a Harlem bar.

The first incident took place just before 1 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 19th. A man was found with a 10-inch slash wound across his neck in front of 214 Ave. A, between 13th and 14th streets.

The victim was leaving a bar when he was approached and attacked by a man after a brief conversation. Police believe it was a random encounter.

The second attack occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, at Teddy’s Bar, which is located at 2271 2nd Ave. in Harlem. According to police, a man entered the bar and began choking a 29-year-old female employee with a baseball bat.

He stabbed two customers who tried to intervene with a large knife. That attack’s three victims all survived.

Roland Codrington

According to the NYPD, the man had been in the bar about a week before and felt “disrespected” by the employees.

The same man then entered Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem around 2:15 a.m. on Friday, according to the NYPD. He came across Bruce Maurice Henry, a 60-year-old doctor walking through the park. According to the NYPD, the two had a brief conversation after which the attacker became enraged and repeatedly stabbed Henry in the torso, hands, and eye.

Officers discovered Henry’s body in a park.

Roland Codrington: What we know about suspect in violent spree including 2 stabbing deaths

“He has 12 prior arrests, including some vehicle-related arrests from 2022, assault with a weapon and [in] 2017 two assaults with a weapon, 2013, criminal possession of a knife, 2012 two times for assault, in … 2006 a knife robbery and a knife assault,” the chief said.

“He is now being charged with two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of assault in the second degree and one count of criminal mischief,” Essig said.

Codrington had as many as 20 prior busts, some of them sealed, the most recent a Jan. 20 arrest for an altered VIN number on a motorcycle.

He was charged with third-degree assault in a June 9, 2021, incident and assault with intent to cause injuries on Sept. 13, 2017, the sources said.

He was also allegedly hit with a gun-possession rap in 2013 and a string of arrests ranging from second-degree robbery to fare evasion dating to 2005, according to the sources.

Codrington also had an open arrest warrant before his new arrest. It was not immediately clear what case the warrant, issued in September, was tied to.

Records show he has done three stints in state prison, most recently released from the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Oneida County in April 2021 after a three-to-six-year sentence on a gun-possession rap.

He was also sentenced to up to four years on another gun-possession charge and was released in August 2017, and did two years for attempted robbery before he was released in 2012, records show.