Rigoberto Lopez Wiki – Rigoberto Lopez Bio
Rigoberto Lopez is a Brooklyn man, Who is arrested and charged with murder Sunday following a series of subway stabbings.
He is believed to be homeless, was charged Sunday afternoon with murder and attempted murder, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.
He is 21 years old.
The attacks began on Friday morning when a 67-year old man was stabbed by an unknown man inside the 181 Street station in upper Manhattan and later treated at a nearby hospital, NYPD Chief of Transit Kathleen O’Reilly told reporters.
An adult male was found dead with “stab wounds to his neck and torso” on the A-train at the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue train station in Queens on Friday around 11:30 p.m., O’Reilly said.
Approximately two hours later on Saturday, an unconscious 44-year-old woman was found inside a train car at the Inwood 207 Street station in upper Manhattan with “multiple stab wounds,” according to O’Reilly.
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The woman was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, O’Reilly said.
Less than 20 minutes after that incident, police officers responded to calls about a 43-year-old man who was stabbed at the 181 Street station.
Police said an officer who had seen a suspect image from surveillance video recognized Lopez wearing blood-stained clothing and was walking on Autoban Avenue in Washington Heights on Saturday night.
Officers said on him they found a knife.
And they believe it was used in the four stabbings — two of them fatal — along the A train subway line between upper Manhattan and Far Rockaway, Queens, within a span of 14 hours.
All of the victims were homeless and the attacks unprovoked, police said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and NYC Transit are pushing the NYPD to add 1,000 more officers, on top of the 500.
Politicians and union leaders gathered Sunday in Brooklyn to demand better policing, mental health services and affordable housing.
City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo said she, too, was attacked by someone else on the subway Friday and help was hard to find.
“I ran to the police van, to run and to ask for help. And when I got to the police van, the police officers inside said, ‘We are not police officers. We are in traffic safety. We cannot get out of the van,’” Cumbo said.