Rigoberto Lopez Wik
Rigoberto Lopez Biography
Rigoberto Lopez, 21, was detained Saturday night at W. 186th St and Audubon Avenue in Washington Heights.
A subway stabber who has been accused of killing two homeless people during a 14-hour violent spree is being held without bail as the grieving father of a victim talks about the loss of his daughter.
Authorities said López, who suffers from mental illness, was charged Sunday with murder and attempted murder after confessing to killing two people and stabbing two others.
One victim has been identified as Claudine Roberts, 44, whose father told the New York Post that he had left him heartbroken over the loss of her daughter.
“It breaks my heart,” Winston Roberts said. She came here well dressed on Wednesday. She was wearing pink shoes and a green jacket. She now she is in the morgue.
Winston revealed that her Claudine was homeless and she also suffered from a mental illness, which had led her to the streets.
“She started getting like that when she was in high school,” he told the Post. “We had to take her to the hospital.”
Rigoberto Lopez, 21, who has been charged with killing two homeless people during a violent 14-hour spree, is being held without bail as the grieving father of one victim speaks out about his daughter
He said Claudine, who immigrated to the United States from Jamaica, had been in Bellevue Hospital since January and was discharged about a week before she was killed on Saturday.
‘I loved my daughter,’ she said. “I tried to do my best for her.”
Lopez was reportedly arrested in Upper Manhattan, a few blocks from where the bloody rampage began, and taken into custody in the 34th Precinct in Washington Heights.
The fatal stabbings took place on opposite ends of subway line A, which connects the Inwood section of Upper Manhattan to Rockaway, Queens.
During a press conference on Saturday, police told reporters that the wave of violent stabbings began around 11:20 a.m. Friday.
It was then that an assailant stabbed a 67-year-old man in the subway station on line A on 181 Street. The victim, Carlos Martínez, is expected to survive, according to police.
Police released an image of the knife, saying: ‘The suspect was found with this knife at the time of arrest which he used on the vulnerable’
He told police that his attacker had yelled ‘I’m going to kill you’, before he was stabbed in the right knee and left buttock, the 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 the Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway, Queens.
The victim died from stab wounds to the neck and torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Just two hours later, Claudine was found unconscious after she was stabbed while she was riding the A train at the 207th Street station in Upper Manhattan.
Ella claudine herself was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
A few minutes later, a 43-year-old man was randomly stabbed at the A subway station on West 181st Street in Manhattan.
The man was rushed to the hospital where he is in stable condition.
A man was found stabbed to death before midnight on Friday at the Mott Avenue Beach subway station in the Far Rockaway section of Queens – the southernmost tip of the A subway line
The wave of cuts sparked a massive manhunt and a clamor for safer subways.
Officers were seen patrolling subway stations across the city looking for Lopez before he was arrested.
Lopez was held without bond during a virtual arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday.
During the arraignment, authorities said Lopez had spent time in at least one psychiatric ward at a hospital, according to the New York Daily News.
At the request of prosecutors, Criminal Court Judge Barbara Jaffe referred him and ordered medical attention.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an increase in violent incidents inside largely desolate subway stations as passenger numbers have plummeted due to fears of getting infected.
Transit workers have been demanding that the 24-hour subway schedule be resumed after several reported being assaulted during the night hours when trains were closed for COVID-19 cleanups.
The union that represents the workers of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority who operate the city’s buses and subways is attacked, harassed, spat on and, in serious cases, almost killed by robbers in practically empty stations.