Suspect in 6-year-old boy’s stabbing death faces up to life in prison
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) – A parolee accused of stabbing to death a 6-year-old boy and injuring his 7-year-old friend in a Brooklyn elevator faces 50 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.
Daniel St. Hubert, 27, was indicted Wednesday for second-degree murder and attempted murder, first-degree assault, and one count each of third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the June 1 attack, according to the Kings County District Attorney’s office.
“These two innocent children were subjected to unimaginable violence and terror in that elevator. We will now hold Daniel St. Hubert responsible for his cowardly, unmerciful and inhumane acts against Prince Joshua Avitto and Mikayla Capers,” District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson said.
Avitto, 6, and Capers, 7, were in the elevator of their building with the suspect when Hubert allegedly attacked them with a knife.
The children were stabbed multiple times. Avitto died from his injuries. Capers was treated for abdominal bleeding and a lacerated spleen, and is recovering.
The brutal attack happened about 5:40 p.m. June 1 at the Boulevard Houses, located at 845 Schenck Ave. in the East New York section of Brooklyn.
St. Hubert was arrested three days later.
Investigators found a bloody knife near the scene and matched DNA on the weapon to that of Hubert, the DA’s office said.
The suspect has a long rap sheet, including an arrest for attempted murder, court documents show. He was paroled 10 days before the children were slashed.
Police are probing whether St. Hubert was also involved in the deadly stabbing of an 18-year-old woman whose lifeless body was found in the same neighborhood where the children were attacked, two days prior. A funeral for Tanaya Copeland was set for Wednesday.
No court date has yet been set for St. Hubert’s arraignment in Avitto’s death.