NYPD Arrests Suspect in Child's Stabbing Death
Daniel St. Hubert accused of killing boy, injuring girl
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2014 8:21 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Police in New York City arrested a 27-year-old man tonight accused of fatally stabbing a 6-year-old boy and injuring his 7-year-old playmate over the weekend, reports Gothamist. Daniel St. Hubert is in custody, the arrest made soon after police publicly identified him as a suspect. As the Daily News explains, the break in the case came when investigators matched DNA found on a knife left at the scene with the state's criminal database. Hubert has a long criminal record for offenses including assault and had been paroled on May 23, reports the New York Times.

Police haven't called him a suspect in another fatal stabbing that occurred just two nights earlier, but the investigation is continuing. The same brand of knife—a model discontinued 10 years ago—was left behind in the slaying of 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland, and the man seen fleeing that scene had the same general description as Hubert. The 6-year-old boy who was killed, PJ Avitto, had gotten into an elevator with friend Mikayla Capers in their Brooklyn housing complex before being attacked. Mikayla remains in critical condition.

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Jun 5, 2014 11:46 AM CDT
A black man, who would have thought? Has a long criminal record for offenses including assault yet still they put him back on the streets.
Jun 5, 2014 9:29 AM CDT
And this murdering scum, who should perish in agony, will be coddled and doted on for his rights and live a nice long uncontributing, resource-sucking life.
Jun 5, 2014 5:59 AM CDT
Despite his extensive criminal history and his record in prison, he served his full sentence of five years for attempted murder and was released to do harm to society. What kind of sentence is that for trying to murder someone? When and by who, was he considered mentally stable enough to reenter society? His defense will certainly use his mental state as an excuse to get him a plea bargain beneficial to him.