QUEENS, NEW YORK - NYPD rushed to Milburn Street on Tuesday morning after a landlord walked into a local police precinct and told cops that he "did something bad" after having problems with his tenants. He has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbings of his three victims.
Before 7:15 AM on Tuesday, a 54-year-old landlord now identified as David Daniel, walked into the NYPD 113th Precinct in Rochdale Village and turned himself in to uniformed police officers.
NYPD Assistant Chief Kevin Williams said at a news conference on Tuesday morning that Daniel told uniformed officers at the precinct that he was "having issues" with his tenants. When the officer questioned the suspect more, the man stated that he "did something bad" and provided officers with the address of his property.
Daniel confessed to officers that the victims were three of his tenants, who he stated have not paid the rent, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny.
According to officials, the landlord appeared "calm" and "very matter-of-fact" when talking to police about what happened.
Police officers then rushed to the St. Albans home on Milburn Street, just south of 122nd Avenue, to investigate further.
When NYPD arrived on scene, they made a gruesome discovery inside. According to officials, officers found the deceased bodies two victims who were stabbed to death and found together inside a basement bedroom. Officers then continued to search the house and found the third victim stabbed to death in an upstairs bedroom.
All three were pronounced dead at the scene.
Daniel was held for questioning in connection with the stabbing fatalties and stayed at the precinct into the early afternoon on Tuesday while Crime Scene Units were documenting the scene and collecting evidence.
A knife was recovered at the scene of the crime by police.
At around 1:30 PM on Tuesday, officials from the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner removed the bodies of the victims from the house and loaded them into a van to continue the investigation process.
A neighbor that lives on Milburn Street who wished to remain anonymous said, "[The tenants] kept to themselves mostly, but we would give a 'hello' wave whenever we saw each other. They were good, considerate neighbors."
Daniel has been charged with murder following the stabbings and is in police custody.
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