Daniel St. Hubert, who was taken into custody last night for the stabbing of two young children in Brooklyn, was officially charged with second-degree murder this afternoon.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office told a judge that St. Hubert should not be granted bail because of the heinous nature of the crime and his violent criminal history. The judge granted the prosecutor's request.
Police say St. Hubert stabbed a 6-year-old boy to death and used the same knife to critically injure a 7-year-old girl.
A crowd of more than a hundred people watched police walk the 27-year-old to a car to transport him to court. Many waited hours.
"I wanted to see his demeanor I wanted to see what kind of person would commit such a heinous crime,” said one onlooker.
The crime happened Sunday before six pm in a small elevator inside the Boulevard Public houses in East New York. Prosecutors say witnesses saw St. Hubert enter the elevator and leave the scene. P.J. Avitto died. Mikayla Capers sustained critical injuries.
The mother of P.J. thanked the police for catching the man they believe killer her child, the boy's first name was Prince.
“My baby Prince came to me in my sleep. ‘Mommy, everything going to be alright.’ And he left. He said, ‘Don’t stop, don’t give up, you have to move and move on,” said mother Aricka McClinton.
But investigators have not yet finished their work, they say St. Hubert may have stabbed 18 -year-old Tanaya Copeland to death Friday night, also in East New York.
The NYPD says St. Hubert also appears on surveillance video close to where a 53-year-old man was seriously stabbed on a Chelsea subway platform Wednesday morning.
St. Hubert served a full five-year sentence for trying to kill his mother. He got out less than two weeks ago.
Detectives are also looking at all stabbings in the five boroughs since St. Hubert was released from prison. He was officially charged Thursday afternoon with second-degree murder, as well as second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, making graffiti and possession of a graffiti instrument.