Suspects arrested NYC subway crews who killed 2, injured 2 others

New York City police have arrested a man in connection with a series of metro-stabbing attacks that killed two and wounded two otherssaid the department Sunday.

Rigoberto Lopez, 21, faces two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and a single count of first-degree murder, according to the New York Police Department. Officials said the day before Lopez’s arrest that officers were called to Fort Washington station around 6 p.m. 11:20 Friday and found a 67-year-old man suffering stab wounds.

Officers found a man dead at a Far Rockaway station with stab wounds to his face and neck after another call around 6 p.m. 23.30 Friday. A few hours later, an employee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority found a woman stuck in a train.

The woman, 44, died at a local hospital.

Another man, 43, with stab wounds was found at Fort Washington subway station around the same time, police said. He told police he was attacked by an unidentified man.

All four of the people who were attacked are believed to be homeless, police said.

Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s district president, said in a statement that the city’s current approach to subway safety “fails” and noted that the stabbings come amid a wave of other violent crimes on public transit trains.

“The perpetrators of this violence often struggle with some form of serious mental illness, and their targets are often some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including our homeless neighbors, who seek out the subway as a refuge during the winter months,” he said. said in a statement.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Saturday that another 500 officers would be deployed throughout the city to patrol subway stations.

Neither the NYPD nor the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office were immediately available to respond to NBC News’ request for more information. It is unclear whether Lopez has yet retained a lawyer.

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