Brooklyn ‘ripper’ accused of stabbing kids caught
By Jamie Schram, Larry Celona and Georgett Roberts
June 4, 2014 | 3:45pm
The twisted butcher accused of stabbing two children in an elevator, leaving one dead, was arrested Wednesday after police tracked him down by using DNA evidence and pinging his cell phone, sources said.
Daniel St. Hubert — a convicted felon who was released from prison nine days before the callous East New York attack
— was busted blocks away from his family’s home in Jamaica, Queens, according to law-enforcement sources.
Police believe St. Hubert killed Prince Joshua “P.J.” Avitto, 6, and severely wounded Mikayla Capers, 7, with a kitchen knife at the Boulevard Houses on Schenck Avenue ....
St. Hubert was released from prison on May 23 after serving a seven-year sentence for trying to strangle his own mother to death, police sources said.
Little P.J. and Mikayla were going for ice cream when the killer entered the elevator Sunday just before 6 p.m., according to police.
The fiend was apparently bothered by the children’s chatter and told them to “shut up” — and became enraged when they didn’t listen.
Mikayla survived, despite being stabbed 16 times, and remains in critical condition at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
A lack of security cameras in the building allowed the murderer to slip away unseen.
Police believe St. Hubert may have also killed 18-year-old Tanaya Grant-Copeland just two days earlier. She was stabbed with a similar kitchen knife.
A relative of St. Hubert denied that he was the killer. “I know he has a history of mental Illness but I don’t think he would do anything like this,” the relative said. “I believe they have the wrong guy.”Full story and photos at NY Post