Rigoberto Lopez Bio, Wiki
Rigoberto Lopez has been identified as a 21-year-old homeless man “A-Train Ripper” with four previous arrests, including for allegedly assaulting a cop and his own father. He was arrested on Saturday, Feb 13th while still covered in blood and with the alleged murder weapon, according to law-enforcement sources.
Lopez lived in a shelter in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, and had previously “been removed to the hospital two times for, I’ll say mental illness.”
Rigoberto Lopez Unprovoked A-Train Attacks
Rigoberto Lopez — who has been hospitalized at least twice for mental issues — allegedly confessed to NYPD cops that he launched the violent weekend subway spree that left a man and woman dead and two men wounded, authorities said.
“I’m not going to get into motive, but what I can tell you is they were all unprovoked attacks,’’ NYPD Chief Brian McGee, commanding officer of Manhattan North Patrol, told reporters at a briefing Sunday. “The victims had nothing, didn’t initiate anything.”
Lopez later confessed to the bloody spate of crimes along the A-line, which occurred over a span of about 15 hours Friday and Saturday, the NYPD said. Lopez was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and two counts of second-degree attempted murder Sunday.
Rigoberto Lopez Previous Arrests
Lopez has had at least four prior arrests, including for “possession of a controlled substance, criminal contempt, and assault,” according to McGee.
The drug charge stems from an October 2020 arrest during which cops responding to a report of an emotionally disturbed person in Manhattan found him at the scene with cocaine, law-enforcement sources said. In November 2019, Lopez was charged with hitting an NYPD cop.
In Jan 2021, he was busted for violating a protective order his father had against him — weeks after he had allegedly struck his dad with a stick, according to sources. The outcome of the cases was not immediately known, including whether Lopez may have been eligible for bail.
It also was unclear what if any treatment Lopez may have been receiving for mental issues, as the city spends $1 billion a year on its ThriveNYC mental-health services. This past weekend, cops tracked down Lopez less than 24 hours after his alleged murderous train spree.
Rigoberto Lopez Stabbing Victims
Lopez’s stabbing spree began at around 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb 12th, when cops found a 67-year-old man with stab wounds on a southbound A train platform at the 181st Street station in Washington Heights. Twelve hours later, a 57-year-old homeless man was found stabbed to death aboard an A train at the Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway, Queens.
About two hours after that, a 44-year-old homeless woman, identified by police sources and her family as Claudine Roberts, was found fatally slashed in a pool of blood on an A train at the 207th Street station in Inwood in Manhattan.
Then, at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a 43-year-old man was found wounded after being randomly stabbed on a train at West 181st Street, police said.
Rigoberto Lopez Arrest & Charges
McGee said Lopez was arrested at around 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb 13th without incident after cops on patrol recognized him from a description of the suspect. The alleged killer was still wearing the same clothes he was seen in on surveillance video, the chief said.
He was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and two counts of second-degree attempted murder Sunday after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Bellevue Hospital.