Police Arrest NY Stabbing Suspect

Tanaya Copeland and Prince Joshua Avitto

Police arrested a suspect in the shocking stabbing deaths of a 6-year-old boy and an 18-year-old girl in Brooklyn. A 6-year-old girl was critically wounded in one of the attacks.

Daniel St. Hubert was taken into custody around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Queens, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The NY Times reports police linked DNA found on the knife used in the stabbings of the 2 children.

On Wednesday afternoon, Robert K. Boyce, the chief of detectives, called the preliminary DNA a “significant breakthrough” in the three day manhunt for the killer.

Tanaya Copeland and Prince Joshua Avitto

Boyce said Hubert, 27, has nine prior arrests and was paroled on May 23 after being held on domestic assault charges.

Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, was stabbed to death and Mikayla Capers, 7, suffered knife wounds to her chest and arms in the June 1 attacks. Her mother called the wounds to the child’s arms “defensive wounds.”

Police say the children were on their way to Prince’s apartment for frozen Icees. A man followed them onto the elevator in Prince’s building.

The children were talking loudly and the man reportedly told them to shut up. Mikayla stopped talking but the lively Prince continued chatting. The man viciously stabbed the boy in the neck and chest then set upon Mikayla, who fought for her life in the confined space.

When the elevator doors opened Mikayla managed to escape. The man pursued her but gave up the chase and fled the scene.

Prince was pronounced dead at the same Manhattan hospital where Mikayla is recovering from her injuries.

Police believe an earlier stabbing death of a teenager is related to Sunday’s attack.

On May 30, a taxi driver found Tanaya Copeland, 18, bleeding and unconscious in the street just a few blocks away from the public housing project where the children were stabbed.

A knife found near Copeland’s body is the same type of knife used to stab the children: an eight-inch blade with “Dura Edge by Imperial Knife” written on the side, police said.

Copeland was stabbed multiple times in the torso. Grainy surveillance video shows a husky man running from the scene.

A $62,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the capture of the killer.

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    28 Responses to “Police Arrest NY Stabbing Suspect”

    1. 1
      luVn_liFe... says:

      This is sad, Just uncalled for nonsense.

      the young boy is/was Taj gibson’s cousin

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      My lord :no: what is wrong with folks…Jesus

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      Sandra Rose says:

      Only a coward stabs defenseless children. Justice will be served when he is shanked in the prison yard.

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      Sandra Rose says:

      “Boyce said Hubert, 27, has nine prior arrests and was paroled on May 23 after being held on domestic assault charges.”
      ——–

      Whatever happened to the 3 strikes law? Why are dangerous repeat offenders allowed back out on the streets?

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      MSVALLDAY says:

      Strange that they got DNA back that fast and that the dude that stabbed the lady was described as husky and this dude in the pic ain’t husky at all. This is so tragic, I hope they have the right person I really really do.

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      Miany says:

      This is sad. I :pray: for the innocent victims and their loves ones. I pray the surviving victim is able to live a normal life. Imagine the possible damage to her psyche.
      There isn’t enough punishment for dude :(

    8. 8

      Good thing they caught him! He will die in jail :yes:
      I am in favor of 3 strike law :yes:
      Get some of this trash off the streets :tea:

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      sonjawhite says:

      This is sad beyond measure. This proves that Satan is walking the earth. #PRAY

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      bama_n_jersey says:

      I hope he is the right one. He will get his justice and it will not be by jury.

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      Ni ni says:

      I’d rather we spend more money building asylums to keep these people away from the general public. Cut out funding some of that unneccessary stuff money is being spent on. I know people dont believe in demons nowadays (yet believe in angels) but more are being loosed. Lock these folks up in asylum, they will never regain control of themselves. I really wish those responsible for releasing him after all those arrests would be held accountable. They would be killed in say China ijs.

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      OpinionHated says:

      It’s obvious dude is bat sh*t crazy – and should never have been let out – somebody needs to explain that one and also how do you let kids that young travel alone – especially in NYC – I don’t get why these kids were alone – this was such a preventable tragedy on so many fronts….so sad….

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      coco creamy says:

      Police say the children were on their way to Prince’s apartment for frozen Icees.
      __________________________________________________

      PEOPLE STILL LETTING THEIR CHILDREN OUT THEIR SIGHT IN 2014 ESPECIALLY 6-7-8 YR OLDS :wtf: this is awful. damn. See yall in another
      post this post piss me off, they couldnt defend themselves, for the mothers or fathers what the hell you all thinkng in this crime filled world a 30 year cant even defend themselves, and you let these babies walk to some man house for icees, in 2014 Chittin me, fCK THAT* WE GOING TOGETHER. :angry:

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      libra80sbaby says:

      This is so sad…churren cant even go get a beebop no more :no:

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      bama_n_jersey says:

      My kids can’t even go in the backyard on their own. People these days are getting bolder and bolder.

    16. 16

      OMG. My heart is heavy :pray:
      People that mess with children deserve to die

    17. 17

      SR
      Off Topic
      “They” are introducing this “Slender Man” character that supposedly scares kids AND they showed the two young girls that killed their classmate. Like that’s an excuse for them killing :blink:

      SMDH Only in America!

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      A.J. says:

      This is just awful. :no: Children do not have a chance; it’s so rough out here.

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      aRoTh says:

      Coco says:

      and you let these babies walk to some man house for icees
      __________________________

      They weren’t walking to “some man’s” house. The little boy’s name is Prince. They were going to HIS (the little boy’s) house for the icee.

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      aRoTh says:

      MsV says:

      the dude that stabbed the lady was described as husky and this dude in the pic ain’t husky at all
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      :think: That sketch looks a lil on the not-so-thin side to me. :shrug: He looks a lil “husky” in the face.

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      Wasting time says:

      Morning Roses :waves: Hey Ms. Sandra!
      AJ
      Taken
      DTTS
      Lover of Life
      My fellow jerseyite
      Jenie

      I’ve been following this story and so happy to hear they got him and hope he can be connected to the older girl too :yes: People are just sick.

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      Savannah says:

      I too hope they got the right person because the picture doesn’t resemble the sketch at all. R.I.P to the victims this is really sad.

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      coco creamy says:

      aRoTh says:

      Coco says:

      and you let these babies walk to some man house for icees
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      They weren’t walking to “some man’s” house. The little boy’s name is Prince. They were going to HIS (the little boy’s) house for the icee.

      ________________________________________

      Thanks for clearing that up

      But where were they coming from that they had to walk back to prince house, were they outside playing, coming from a neighbor house????

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      libra80sbaby says:

      :newpost: Pharrell “Married to a Tomboy” Williams

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      aRoTh says:

      Savannah says:

      the picture doesn’t resemble the sketch
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      I want to see the (actual) picture of the suspect. Where is it? :pc:

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      aRoTh says:

      @Coco

      You’re welcome. :wink: From what I’ve read/heard, they were outside playing “in the courtyard”. :shrug:

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      Sandra Rose says:

      Whatever happened to the 3 strikes law? Why are dangerous repeat offenders allowed back out on the streets?
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      9 arrests is only ARRESTS. the 3 strike law only applies to FELONY CONVICTIONS. you can get arrested for just about anything, especially as a black man. everybody would be in jail if arrests counted as strikes.

      NY state doesnt have a 3 strike law anyways.

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      Twilight says:

      I Twitted a picture of him last night. My daughter is in a Marching band that work with the band this young lady was in. ENY has been been hot this past 2 weeks with the latest with 9 shots that i heard from my back window. I think all the bands in ENY will come together and play at her funeral.

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