NEW YORK – New York police are searching for a man who stabbed two children, killing one, in an elevator Sunday morning.
Police described the suspect as a “heavyset” black man approximately 6 feet tall between ages 25 and 35, last seen wearing a gray shirt.
He is accused of stabbing a 6-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl inside an elevator in their apartment building in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn and fled, police said.
The little boy, Prince Joshua, had been stabbed in the torso and taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
The little girl was also stabbed in the torso and remains in critical condition.
Bill Bratton, New York Police Commissioner, said the two children were going to get ice cream when they were brutally stabbed.
“The amount of violence we saw in an unusual weekend reinforces the need for an energized police department, we cannot have a city where two children going to get ice cream are stabbed, one’s killed and the other fighting for her life. That is not the City of New York that we want to police,” Bratton said.
Both families of the two young children are struggling to understand the situation and coping with the grief of such a young life lost.
Regenia Trevathan, the girl’s great-grandmother said to CNN, “Pray for her, and us and pray for PJ’s family. This is senseless. I don’t know what monster would do something like this.”
Trevathan says that adults had been watching the children on the playground outside when the little girl and little boy had gone inside alone to get ice cream.
Police have been able to recover a Dura Edge knife that was used in the homicide and investigators are considering the chance that the suspect could be responsible for another fatal stabbing that happened just a few blocks away.
Tanaya Copeland, 18, was found in the same neighborhood Friday night, unconscious and unresponsive with multiple stab wounds to her torso.
Police said Copeland died at the hospital.
Detectives said they believe the two cases may be related because of the locations of the stabbings, the similar type of weapon and the wounds on the victims.
So far, no arrests have been made in either case and the investigation is still ongoing.