Ex-con stabbed children, paroled despite mental health problems
An ex-convict with a history of mental illness eyed in the stabbing that left a six-year-old boy dead and his seven-year-old friend clinging to life was released from prison only two weeks ago despite a history of mental illness, it has been revealed.
Daniel St. Hubert, 27, was paroled May 23 and is suspected in multiple stabbing attacks that have left two people dead and two others hospitalized in the weeks since.
His original five-and-a-half-year sentence stemmed from attempted murder and assault convictions, records showed.
Cops unknowingly encountered the suspect only hours before the vicious attack in a Brooklyn housing project that sent shockwaves through the city.
He was urinating on a sidewalk when police approached him, sources told the New York Daily News.
He claimed that he didn’t know it was illegal and, after showing proper ID, he was released with a summons, said police.
His reported actions over the next few hours are unspeakable.
St. Hubert is accused of entering the Boulevard Houses in East New York, and stabbing to death P.J. Avitto in an elevator.
The attack left Mikayla Capers seriously injured, she is currently fighting for her life in a city hospital.
The mentally ill man was then arrested only hours later for the stabbings after police patrolled the area around his mother’s home in Queens – and now he is suspected in yet another grisly murder, police said.
St. Hubert didn’t put up any resistance during his arrest, though he has a record of assaulting both a police and correction officer, and was angrily ranting to himself in a holding cell late Wednesday night, said NYPD spokesperson Stephen Davis.
St. Hubert appears on surveillance video near the subway stop where a homeless man was stabbed early Wednesday morning on a platform, Davis said.
Witnesses to the seemingly random attack also described the suspect using an 8-to-10-inch knife with a brown handle similar to one recovered on St. Hubert when he was arrested, Davis said.
The 52-year-old drifter is recovering in a hospital and expected to survive the disturbing attack.
St. Hubert is also suspected of stabbing to death 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland on Friday four blocks from where the attack of the young children happened, authorities said.