NYPD detectives arrested a 27-year-old parolee Wednesday night in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 6-year-old boy and the wounding of a 7-year-old girl in Brooklyn on Sunday, officials said.
Daniel St. Hubert was captured less than a half-hour after the NYPD released his name and photo Wednesday night, police said.
St. Hubert, whose last known address was in East New York, was taken into custody by NYPD detectives just after 8 p.m. in the vicinity of 145th Street and 133rd Avenue in the confines of the 106th Precinct in Jamaica, Queens, police said. A law enforcement source said the ex-con had some associates in that area and detectives were staking out the location.
The source, who didn't want to be identified, said that St. Hubert, who was only paroled from state prison on May 23, was in possession of an 8-inch kitchen knife similar to one used in Sunday's attack.
When approached by detectives, St. Hubert offered no resistance and didn't brandish the knife, the source said.
St. Hubert was sought in the fatal stabbing on Sunday afternoon of Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, and critically injuring with a knife his playmate Mikayla Capers, 7, as the children were in an elevator on their way to get ice cream at Boulevard Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Police also said he was a possible suspect in the Friday fatal stabbing in Brooklyn of Tanya Copeland, 18.
St. Hubert's arrest followed a day of fast-paced developments in the case.
Earlier Wednesday, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the case had a major development just two hours before he briefed reporters along with Police Commissioner William Bratton. Then at around 7:45 p.m. Bratton, Boyce and Mayor Bill de Blasio named St. Hubert as a suspect in the two stabbings and asked for the public's help in finding him.
"We have not ruled him out in the Friday stabbing," Bratton said during the news conference at police headquarters in Manhattan.
St. Hubert was paroled last month in a domestic violence case for which he served 5 years in prison, police said.