NEW YORK (AP) — A man believed to have stabbed a 6-year-old boy to death and critically injured a 7-year-old girl in a knife attack in a public housing building elevator that didn’t have security cameras was arrested Wednesday just minutes after the mayor and the police commissioner publicly identified him and appealed for help catching him, police said.
Daniel St. Hubert was picked up just after 8 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in Queens in connection with the death of Prince Joshua Avitto and the injuring of Mikayla Capers days earlier in Brooklyn, authorities said. No details were provided on how St. Hubert, 27, was captured.
St. Hubert was in custody and couldn’t be contacted for comment Wednesday night. It was unclear if he had an attorney. Phone numbers at addresses registered to him were out of service.
St. Hubert has a history of violent assault, with nine arrests on his criminal record, including two for assaulting police and correction officers, and he was paroled on May 23 in a domestic-assault case, police 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.
Before the arrest, police Commissioner William Bratton, joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio, asked the public to help in catching the suspect, urging residents to call authorities if they saw him or had information about him.
“We need your assistance to apprehend this individual as soon as possible,” Bratton said then.
Forensic evidence led to the identification of St. Hubert, said police, who didn’t elaborate and provided no possible motive for the knife attack.