Brooklyn Stabbing Suspect Meets Angry Crowd, Faces Judge For First Time
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man appeared before a judge late Thursday, after being charged in an elevator stabbing in Brooklyn that killed a 6-year-old boy and critically injured a 7-year-old girl is also being eyed in two other knife attacks in the city.
As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, Daniel St. Hubert, 27, was apprehended on Wednesday evening.
He was officially charged Thursday with murder, attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, making graffiti, and possession of a graffiti instrument.
He had been wanted for killing Prince Joshua “P.J.” Avitto and critically injuring Mikayla Capers at the Boulevard Houses in East New York on Sunday.
A crowd yelled at St. Hubert and called him a murderer as he was led out of the 90th Precinct police station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Thursday night.
He was taken to Brooklyn Criminal Court, where an Assistant District Attorney requested that St. Hubert remain in custody due to the “heinous and vicious nature” his crime, Carlin reported. Prosecutors also considered him a flight risk, and said he was supposed to be in a halfway house but absconded.
The hearing was adjourned and was set to resume on Friday in Brooklyn Supreme Court, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported.
As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, one resident who saw St. Hubert outside the police station said the defendant actually did not look like the monster he is accused of being.
“He looked young, meek and mild, so it’s very sad,” she said.
Another resident said a way must be found to keep similar people from being released from prison and immediately attacking people.
Police: Defendant May Be Linked To Subway Attack
Meanwhile Thursday, investigators said St. Hubert also may be connected to a subway stabbing attack Wednesday in Chelsea. In that incident, a man was stabbed multiple times on the southbound No. 1 train platform at 18th Street, police said.
Police spokesman Stephen Davis said St. Hubert was seen on surveillance video near the subway station where the attack occurred. Witnesses said a man who looks like St. Hubert was also seen on the subway platform, Davis said.
In that attack, sources told CBS 2 the victim, a 52-year-old homeless man, was sleeping on the platform and St. Hubert was sitting on a bench. St Hubert then got on an incoming train, quickly jumped off and sat on the same bench.
A witness then heard grunting, turned back around and saw St. Hubert walking away holding a brown knife with an 8- to 10-inch handle, sources told CBS 2.
The witness said the homeless man then yelled, “he just stabbed me,” staggered out of the station, and collapsed on Seventh Avenue and 18th Street, sources said.
The victim was listed in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital as of Thursday.
Police said they are also investigating whether St. Hubert may have stabbed to death 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland, who was killed Friday just a few blocks away from Sunday’s incident.
A similar knife was found at the scene of Copeland’s slaying, but more forensic and DNA testing is needed, police said.