A Train Stabbing Suspect Apprehended


The A train turned into a crime scene on Saturday after four separate stabbing incidents left two dead. The suspect has since been arrested.

Between the hours of 11 p.m. on Friday, February 12 and 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, four people were stabbed on different A trains. Officers were first called to the scene at around 11:20 p.m. when a man was discovered fatally stabbed on the train stopped at Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. The unidentified man, pronounced dead at the scene, had stab wounds to his neck and torso and was laying sprawled across a seat on the train when he was discovered. Later that night, a 44-year-old woman, Claudine Roberts, was found stabbed dead, laying under a bench on another A train stopped at West 207th Street in Inwood.

Two other stabbings of a 43-year-old and a 67-year-old occurred at the West 181st Street station, but these stabbings were not fatal. One of the victims was able to give a description of the suspect to police. Most of the victims were homeless. The NYPD quickly deployed 500 additional officers to the subway system in the hours after the events.

Within 24 hours of the incidents, the NYPD had nabbed the suspect. Police apprehended 21-year-old Rigoberto Lopez, who was wearing the same blood splattered clothing and shoes as seen on surveillance video and had the blood-covered knife on his person. Lopez is believed to be homeless as his last known address was a shelter in Brooklyn.

On Sunday, February 14, Lopez was charged with murder and attempted murder and he is being held without bail.

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