A subway driver who killed two homeless people and killed two others during a violent 14-hour storm has been charged with murder after he was arrested while covered in blood.
Rigoberto Lopez, 21, was taken into custody Saturday night on W. 186th St and Audubon Avenue in Washington Heights, according to New York Daily News.
Police sources said Lopez, who is mentally ill, was charged Sunday with murder and attempted murder after confessing to all the attacks.
Lopez was reportedly arrested in Upper Manhattan, just a few blocks from where the bloody violence began and was taken into custody at the 34th District of Washington Heights.
The fatal stabbings took place at opposite ends of the A subway line connecting the Inwood section of Upper Manhattan with Rockaway, Queens.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced on Saturday that a ‘wave’ of another 500 officers to the department’s transit agency will be deployed immediately across the city.
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Rigoberto Lopez (pictured), 21, who is mentally ill, was charged on Sunday with murder and attempted murder after confessing to all the attacks
Lopez accused of killing two homeless and cutting two others during a violent 14-hour storm has been charged with murder after he was arrested while covered in blood. Police are seen patrolling a subway station in Brooklyn
During a press conference on Saturday, police told reporters that the violent stabbing started around 1 p.m. 11:20 Friday.
That was when a 67-year-old man was stabbed by an assailant at the 181st Street A-line subway station.
According to police, the victim is expected to survive.
He told police his attacker had shouted ‘I want to kill you’ before being stabbed in the right knee and left ham, New York Post reported.
The next attack took place before midnight when authorities found a man stabbed to death in his seat on the A train at Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway, Queens.
The victim died of stab wounds to his neck and torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Just two hours later, a 44-year-old was found unconscious after being stabbed while riding the A train at 207th Street Station in Upper Manhattan.
The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Just a few minutes later, a 43-year-old man was accidentally stabbed at Subway Station A on West 181st Street in Manhattan.
The man was rushed to the hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.
Police patrol the A subway en route to Inwood on Saturday after the NYPD deployed another 500 officers in the subway
Police are seen on the A-line train bound for Inwood on Saturday, looking for the subway
A man was found stabbed to death before midnight Friday at Mott Avenue Beach subway station in the Far Rockaway section of Queens – the southernmost tip of the A subway line. The station was closed when police investigated
The cutting storm triggered a massive chase and a cry for safer subways.
Officers were seen patrolling subway stations across the city looking for Lopez before he was arrested.
The NYPD plans to deploy an additional 865 officers to patrol the subway system on Monday.
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an increase in violent incidents inside the largely deserted subway stations as driving has declined due to fears of becoming infected.
Transit workers have demanded that the 24-hour subway schedule be resumed after several reported being attacked overnight when trains are shut down for cleaning COVID-19.
The union, which represents Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff operating the city’s public buses and subways, is being assaulted, harassed, spat on and, in severe cases, nearly killed by attackers in largely empty stations.
In November, New York police said it would add about 200 officers to its subway patrols after a series of disturbing incidents.
Noel Quintana, 61, was on a Manhattan subway that led him to work in Harlem last Wednesday when an unknown assailant kicked his bag and then whipped out a box cutter and cut him across the face from ear to ear.
Last Thursday morning, another woman was pushed in front of a train at Union Station in Lower Manhattan.
The woman in her 40s miraculously survived by rolling between the tracks as the train passed over her.
NYPD officers patrol Jay Street Metro Tech station in Brooklyn on Saturday looking for the suspected subway slasher
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea addresses the media about the recent crimes within the metro system at the NYPD’s headquarters in New York on Saturday
A suspect, Aditya Vemulapati, was held at the scene by transit workers and is charged with attempted murder, assault and ruthless danger. His last known address is in Michigan and he is believed to be homeless.
According to the NYPD, there were 16 subways that are pushing incidents throughout 2019. So far this year, there have been just as many.
On Christmas Eve, Narinder Kumar, 70, an MTA station agent, was pushed onto the subway tracks at Nassau Avenue G subway station in Brooklyn around 3 p.m.
Kumar was lucky to be alive, even though he suffered a broken spine and head injuries. Fortunately, he missed the electrified third rail.
The alleged assailant, Jhonathan Martinez, 27, tried to get on one of the trains, which are only accessible to first responders and transit workers during the night.
Martinez was charged with assault, harassment and reckless endangerment.
On Aug. 5, Reggie Frazier, a father of three who lost his 21-year-old daughter last year to COVID-19, swept the Dyckman Street subway stop in the Inwood section of Upper Manhattan around 6 p.m. 02.15 – more than an hour after the last trains stopped running for the day.
‘Yo, man, no train after 6 p.m. 1, ‘said Frazier, 61, to a man who walked into the station according to THE CITY.
According to Frazier, the man replied, ‘Shut up, I’ll hit you in the face.’
‘I said,’ I do not want to fight you, man, I’m at work, ” Frazier told the town. ‘But he grabbed a box and started swinging.’
The man attacked Frazier with a milk crate. When Frazier tried to flee, he tore a tendon in his right knee. Since that day, he has not returned to work.
‘I was not sworn in this job to take down,’ he said.
The man identified as Frazier’s striker, 36-year-old Ramon Garrido, was arrested and charged.
Alexander Jaiserie, a 23-year-old MTA train operator, told THE CITY that he and a conductor were attacked in the early hours of July 10 after their empty No. 7 train pulled into Flushing-Main Street station in Queens. .
‘Left by Willets Point, we heard about a disturbed person causing trouble in Flushing Main and a request for police to come to the station,’ he said.
‘So we knew there was someone causing trouble and being aware of it.’
According to Jaiserie, a man on the platform blocked him and the behavior from leaving the train’s first car.
As they tried to walk between subways, the man jumped. Then he struck again at the two transit workers as they came up on the platform.
The man fled and no one is charged.
Subway crimes have fallen by more than 50 percent so far in 2021 from the same period last year – but equestrianism has fallen by approx. 70 percent in the pandemic, which indicates that the crime rate per. Passages may have increased.