Authorities catch Islamorada stabbing suspect
May 8, 2020
Authorities have apprehended a teen accused of fatally stabbing his younger brother and wounding his father with a knife in Islamorada on Thursday morning.
Daniel Weisberger, 17, stepped in front moving of vehicle in U.S.1 in front of Founders Park near the site of the fatal stabbing, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt said late Thursday.
Weisberger was being taken to air ambulance to a Miami hospital, Linhardt said.
On Thursday, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies, detectives and other law enforcement agencies across South Florida were looking for Weisberger, who is suspected of killing his younger brother, Pascal Weisberger, and stabbing his father, Ari Poholek, early Thursday morning at their home at the Executive Bay Club near Mile Marker 87.2, said Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt.
Daniel Weisberger is accused of fatally stabbing his 14-year-old younger brother earlier in the morning and then stabbing his father multiple times, including in the neck, Linhardt said. It was unclear what spurred the stabbings, Linhardt said.
A neighbor heard noise coming from the family’s apartment around 4 a.m. About 6 a.m., Poholek, ran out of the apartment and told a neighbor what had happened and told him to call 911, according to Sheriff Rick Ramsay.
The father said he was held hostage for about two hours while he had multiple injuries to his neck and his son would not let him leave, Ramsay said.
Daniel Weisberger left the scene sometime after Poholek escaped to the neighbor’s residence. Weisberger’s younger brother was pronounced dead at the scene. Poholek was airlifted by Trauma Star to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, Linhardt said.
Poholek was “in stable condition and out of surgery,” a friend posted on Facebook.
There were no other people in the residence at the time of the incident other than Poholek and his two sons. Several South Florida law enforcement partners were assisting the Sheriff’s Office in the search for Weisberger. Helicopters, canine units and other resources were being employed to find him, Linhardt said.
Poholek works for NOAA Fisheries service surveying fish and is scoutmaster of BSA Troop 912 in Islamorada.
“We are deeply saddened by this unexpected tragedy,” NOAA Fisheries stated in prepared statement on Thursday. “Our thoughts are with Ariel and his family and we ask for privacy for him during this very difficult time.”
Pascal was an Eagle Scout and good student. Poholek had posted several photos of his son and himself on his Facebook page, showing the two fishing and surveying fish, as well as camping.
For six years, Pascal volunteered at the Upper Keys Humane Society shelter in Key Largo, said manager Karla Perrine.
“Pascal called recently asking if he could come back to read, talk and play with the animals, mostly the cats, but due to COVID-19, I told him he’d have to wait a little longer,” Perrine said.
Pascal had spent hundreds of hours with the animals during those years, Perrine said.
“He knew their names and attitudes,” Perrine said. “He would’ve slept here with them if he could have.”
Perrine and her staff are distraught over Weisberger’s death, she said.
“I wish he had been my kid,” Perrine said. “Everybody loved him so much. He was so lovable.”
The shelter plans to create a memorial for Weisberger in the future.
Friends took to Facebook on Thursday to offer their condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family.
“The world has lost the most beautiful young man today,” wrote Bobby Cook Bursonon, Pascal’s teacher. “My heart is broken. I know he is an angel in heaven and he will continue to shine the very light that he shined while on Earth! Pascal, your devotion to science, humanity and to community is unmatched! I will treasure the years we spent together learning and laughing I miss you.”