A reward poster is affixed at an entrance to the Boulevard Houses in the borough of Brooklyn Wednesday.Associated Press
The New York Police Department has identified the name of a suspect in the stabbing death of a 6-year-old boy in Brooklyn, using DNA evidence found on the knife, a law-enforcement officials said.
Photos of both sides of the knife police said was used to stab a 6-year-old boy to death on Sunday. NYPD
There have been no arrests as police arestill searching for the suspect, the official said.
A suspect fatally stabbed Joshua Avitto and critically injured 7-year-old Mikayla Capers in the Boulevard Houses on Sunday. Police believe the attacks are related to the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland on Friday.
The knife recovered from the murder scene was analyzed by the Office of the City Medical Examiner on Wednesday, officials said. The DNA matched a person who is in a criminal database, officials said.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, at a news conference at police headquarters, said the case had “picked up a lot of steam” on Wednesday afternoon, but said he was not at liberty to go into further detail.
Police Commissioner William Bratton wouldn’t go into detail, but said, “Are there persons of interest? There certainly are.”