Sketch released in East New York stabbing of 2 children

Police have released a sketch of the suspect wanted for stabbing two children Sunday night in East New York, killing one. The suspect is described

Officers are looking for a heavyset black male

Officers are looking for a heavyset black male between 25 and 30 years old. (Credit: News 12 Brooklyn)

BROOKLYN - Police have released a sketch of the suspect wanted for stabbing two children Sunday night in East New York, killing one.

The suspect is described as a heavyset black male between 25 and 30 years old, who stands about 6 feet tall. 

According to investigators, 6-year-old Prince Joshua Avitto and 7-year-old Mikayla Capers encountered the man in the elevator of their Schenck Avenue apartment building as they were going to get ice cream. The suspect, armed with a knife, attacked both kids, killing Avitto and leaving Capers in critical condition. 

A vigil was held Monday night where the community released balloons in memory of Avitto and prayed for Capers' recovery. 

Lawmakers also held a press conference Monday demanding additional funding for surveillance cameras at NYCHA buildings, including the one where the attack happened. 

The stabbings were just blocks away from where 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland was fatally stabbed Friday. Police confirm they've identified several common factors between the cases, including the type of weapon used. 

A reward for information leading to an arrest has been raised to $12,000. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A picture showing White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway 1 Kellyanne Conway's feet on oval office couch heels up outrage
VIDEO: Chopper 12 over Midwood HS evacuation 2 VIDEO: Chopper 12 over Midwood HS evacuation
News 12 viewers discuss President Donald Trump addressing 3 Word on the Street: Trump addresses Congress
Edna Pierre-Jacques, 78, was found inside her Troy 4 Police rule East Flatbush woman's death suspicious
Heralding a 5 Trump sees 'new chapter of American greatness' in big speech

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Officials say a 6-year-old boy is dead and Cops: 1 child dead, 1 critical after stabbing

Officials say a 6-year-old boy is dead and a 7-year-old girl is in critical condition

Copeland's mother says her daughter was an avid Loved ones remember teen killed

Family, friends and loved ones held a vigil on Saturday for a teen stabbed to

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE