New York City authorities have actually apprehended a male in connection with a series of train stabbing attacks that eliminated two individuals and hurt two others, the police department stated Sunday.
The male, Rigoberto Lopez, 21, faces 2 charges of second-degree murder, two counts of tried second-degree murder and a single count of first-degree murder, cops said. Authorities stated the day prior to Lopez was apprehended that officers were contacted us to the Fort Washington subway station around 11: 20 a.m. Friday and discovered a 67- year-old male suffering stab injuries.
Subway slasher, Rigoberto Lopez, was charged with 1 count of murder 1st degree, 2 counts of murder 2nd degree, and 2 counts of tried murder second degree by the @ManhattanDA. Thanks to @NYPDDetectives & @NYPDTransit officers for their dedication to catching this suspect.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) February 14, 2021
Officers found a male dead at a station in Far Rockaway with stab injuries to the face the and neck after another call at around 11: 30 p.m. Friday. A few hours later, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority employee found a lady stabbed on a train.
The lady, 44, died at a medical facility.
Another male, 43, was found at the Fort Washington station with stab injuries around the same time, cops said. He told authorities that he had been attacked by an unidentified man.
All four of individuals who were attacked are believed to be homeless, cops stated.
Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s borough president, said in a declaration that the city’s technique to train security is “stopping working,” noting a rise of other violent criminal activities on public transit trains.
” The perpetrators of this violence are often fighting with some form of severe mental disorder, and their targets are frequently a few of the most susceptible New Yorkers, including our homeless neighbors who look for the subway system as a haven throughout the cold weather,” he stated in a statement.
New York Cops Commissioner Dermot Shea said Saturday that 500 more officers would be released throughout the city to patrol train stations.
Neither police nor the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office was immediately readily available to respond to requests for more info. It was unclear whether Lopez had yet kept a lawyer.
Doha Madani is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.