In a shocking and grisly incident, a 54-year-old homeowner in Queens, New York, is facing multiple charges after allegedly stabbing two tenants and his girlfriend during a dispute over unpaid rent. The suspect, David Daniel, turned himself in to the New York Police on Tuesday, leading to the discovery of a gruesome crime scene.
David Daniel, a 54-year-old homeowner in St. Albans, Queens, is now facing serious charges after confessing to New York Police about a violent encounter with his tenants. According to Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz, Daniel turned himself in on Tuesday, November 14, at the 113th Precinct, stating, “I’m having issues with my tenants. I did something bad.”
Upon receiving this information, officers proceeded to 122-39 Milburn Ave., where they discovered the lifeless bodies of Daniel’s two tenants, a man and a woman, in the basement. The victims, identified as 57-year-old Wayne Thomas and 55-year-old Evette Sweeney, had succumbed to multiple stab wounds. Additionally, Daniel’s girlfriend, 51-year-old Coleen Fields, was found dead in a second-floor bedroom with similar injuries.
Describing the crime scene as “bloody” and the act as “extraordinary brutality,” Katz highlighted that the dispute arose from the tenants’ failure to pay rent. Daniel reportedly confessed to reporters that he committed the stabbings due to being “under a lot of stress.”
The Queens County District Attorney announced that David Daniel has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, Daniel could face life in prison without the possibility of parole. His arraignment was scheduled for November 17.
The tragic incident sheds light on the extreme consequences that can arise from disputes over unpaid rent. The accused, David Daniel, now faces serious charges that could result in a life sentence. The community is left in shock as they grapple with the brutality of the crime committed within their midst.