Police Apprehend Suspect In Elevator Stabbing of NY Children

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Police have apprehended a man believed to be responsible for the stabbing death of a 6-year-old boy and the critical injuries of a 7-year-old in a knife attack in a public housing elevator, the Associated Press reports.

27-year-old Daniel St. Hubert was picked up just after 8 p.m. on Wednesday in a Queens neighborhood just minutes after Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police commissioner publicly identified the suspect and appealed for help catching the man connected to the death of Prince Joshua Avitto and the injuring of Mikayla Capers days earlier in Brooklyn, authorities said.

“These parents are in such pain now,” de Blasio said to the public. “… I ask all New Yorkers to help in this investigation any way you can. Do it for this grieving family. Do it for all of us.”

St. Hubert is now in custody, but authorities have not provided details on how the man was captured, or how he was found so quickly after Wednesday’s announcement.

According to the AP, St. Hubert has a history of violent assault. His criminal record consists of nine arrests, including two for assaulting police and correction officers, and was released on May 23 after a domestic-assault case, authorities said. He was sentenced to time behind bars after convictions for attempted murder and assault, serving three years in city jails and two years in an upstate prison, state correction records show.

Investigators are considering the possibility that the suspect may also be connected to another fatal stabbing that occurred just blocks away.

An 18-year-old nursing student, Tanaya Copeland, was found in the same neighborhood Friday night, unconscious and unresponsive with multiple stab wounds to her torso. Copeland was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, police said.

Due to the close proximity of the incidents, as well as similarities in the type of weapons used, detectives believe there is a connection between the two cases.

Read our earlier report here and read more on the updated report at the Associated Press.

(Photo Credit: CBS News New York)