Stabbing Suspect Arrested Shortly After Bill de Blasio Identifies Him

Mayor Bill de Blasio with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Mayor Bill de Blasio with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Shortly after Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton identified him, police arrested a suspect in the stabbing of two children, one fatally, in a Brooklyn elevator.

Police arrested Daniel St. Hubert near John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, according to reports. It was less than an hour after Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Bratton implored the public to help find him.

“The human dynamic here is so deeply moving, so disturbing. Two young children on a summer evening on the way to get ice cream,” Mr. de Blasio said.

He said he had spoken to the parents of the boy who died, 6-year-old Prince Joshua “P.J.” Avitto.

“I spoke to the father of P.J. Avitto yesterday. I spoke to his mother today,” the mayor said. “These parents are in such pain now. As a parent myself, my heart goes out to them, and all of the family members.”

“They, like all of us, there is nothing that can bring their child back but the one thing they ask of all of us is to help find this violent criminal and bring him in,” Mr. de Blasio added.

The attack happened Sunday inside an East New York building and also left 7-year-old Mikayla Capers in critical but stable condition. Mr. St. Hubert had just been paroled for an assault conviction, according to reports.

The fatal Sunday attack followed the stabbing death of an 18-year-old East New York woman, Tanaya Grant, several days earlier.

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who represents East New York, released a blistering statement after the arrest of Mr. St. Hubert.

“I commend the police department for its work leading to this arrest,” Mr. Jeffries said. “Prince Joshua and Tanaya are in heaven. Let’s hope the police have apprehended a killer who is on his way to hell.”