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Default New York City: A-Train Ripper: Black Subway Serial killer Arrested, ID'd

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A-Train Ripper: Serial killer loose on subway, say cops
By Sam Raskin, Tina Moore, Dean Balsamini and Khristina Narizhnaya
February 13, 2021 | 3:08pm | Updated

A lone madman is believed to have fatally stabbed two homeless people and slashed two others during a14-hour spree along the A train line, police said Saturday as they announced a massive manhunt for the bloodthirsty suspect.

The two murders happened on opposite ends of the line late Friday into Saturday – one in Inwood in Manhattan, the northernmost end, and another at the line’s southernmost spot, in the Rockaways in Queens— with both victims found slumped in pools of blood either in or under their subway seats.

Two surviving victims are helping police identify their attacker, preliminarily described by officials as a lighter skinned male standing just five-feet tall and wearing a face mask.

“Three of these incidents appear to be connected and the Detective Bureau is looking into the possibility that all four could have been committed by one individual,” Transit Chief Kathleen O’Reilly told reporters at a 2 p.m. press briefing at NYPD headquarters in lower Manhattan.

“We will work tirelessly to bring the individual or individuals to justice,” she said.

Officials released the following chronology:

-At 11:30 a.m. on Friday, a 67-year-old man was stabbed by a random attacker as he pushed his walker along the southbound platform at the A train’s 181st Street station in Washington Heights.

“I am going to kill you!” he told cops his attacker screamed, according to sources. He was stabbed in the right knee and left buttocks; while he required surgery, he is expected to survive the attack.

That attack is preliminarily believed to be connected to three subsequent attacks.

-Twelve hours later, at 11:29 p.m. on Friday, a man was found stabbed to death but still slumped in his seat on an A train at Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway.

He suffered stab wounds to his neck and torso, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

-Some two hours after that, at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, a 44-year-old woman was found sprawled dead, again in a pool of blood, under her subway seat inside an A train at the 207th Street station in Inwood.

She had been stabbed throughout her body.

-Shortly after that, at 1:28 a.m. Saturday, a 43-year-old man was randomly stabbed as he slept on a stairwell at the A train station at West 181st Street.

He stumbled to a nearby bank on W. 181st Street, but collapsed before entering the vestibule, cops said.

The victim is being treated at an area hospital for four puncture wounds to his back, and is in stable condition.

The 44-year-old woman was taken to New York Presbyterian-Allen Hospital, where she was declared dead, according to authorities.

It is the worst subway stabbing spree since June of 2006, when a homeless serial slasher injured four people on a 13-hour rampage on trains in Harlem and Rockefeller Center. His victims all survived.

And it is the worst mass-violence against the homeless since 2019, when four homeless men were bludgeoned to death in their sleep one night in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

“When this happened in October of 2019, we said then that unless the city and state work together” to create permanent, supported housing “more violence is going to come,” said Joseph Loonam, housing campaign coordinator for Vocal-NY.

“And we are heartbroken but not surprised to hear this has happened again.”

Shaken commuters at the A train’s Far Rockaway Mott Avenue station called for stepped-up security measures on Saturday, suggesting increased patrols and even metal detectors.

“It’s scary. It’s really scary. I’ve never felt safe on the subway, but I’ve always known I’ve had to take them,” said Marissa Augustus, 17.

“I’m scared for my life,” she added “Every time I get on the train, it’s empty,” said Revern Sharp, 45.

“There’s no police, so that gives them [the criminals] the jurisdiction to [do whatever] they want to do on the train. Smoke, drink, do whatever on the train, because they know no police are coming…

Maurice Moore, 33, said the subways are simply not safe at night anymore.

“The police should be here more often. When I go home late, there’s no cops here,” he said. “Between the hours of 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon you see them, but you don’t see them after that.”

The pandemic has meant fewer people — and cops — at the station, commuters said.

“People are jumping the turnstile, nobody pays for it no more. If you got a MetroCard, you stupid…You need more cops on the subway.”

Those who live and work by the 181st A train stop said the homeless problem too has mushroomed during the pandemic — and that’s also frightening.

“A lot of homeless people sleeping down there, like 40, 20. It’s scaring the kids, the women. The police don’t bother them,” said Abdul Mohammed, who works at the Fort Washington Candy and Grocery on 181st St.

“It’s scary to go down there,” he continued. “People sleeping, sh–ing on the subway. I’m scared from these people.”

Mayor de Blasio recently waved off NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea’s public concerns of a recent spate of subway attacks, which included a straphanger shoved onto the tracks.

“We had an incredible and total disruption in 2020. Our entire lives were turned upside down, a global pandemic, a perfect storm – and we are in the process of overcoming that,” de Blasio said earlier this month as he tried to explain away a doubling in subway murders.

The mayor did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday and Saturday’s A train stabbing attacks.

Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, blamed City Hall for the surge, not New York’s Finest.

“Another failure by the mayor and those in charge of helping the homeless,” he said. “The transit system is not a homeless shelter and the police department’s role in helping has been diminished to say the least.”
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Two people found fatally stabbed on separate NYC subway trains
By Dean Balsamini, Tina Moore and Sam Raskin
February 13, 2021 | 10:37am | Updated

Two people were fatally stabbed at opposite ends of the A train overnight, and cops are probing whether the terrifying bloodbath is the work of a single attacker.

The first victim, an apparently homeless man, was discovered at 11:20 p.m. Friday at Mott Avenue and Beach 22nd Street Station in Queens, with multiple stab wounds in the neck and torso, according to cops, who said the unidentified man was declared dead at the scene.

About two hours later, a woman with multiple stab wounds was found at the A train station at West 207 Street and Broadway in Inwood, cops said.

The 44-year-old woman was taken to New York Presbyterian-Allen Hospital, where she was declared dead, according to authorities.

Meanwhile, 10 minutes after the first fatal knife attack a 67-year-old man waiting at the A train stop at Fort Washington Avenue and West 181st Street stop was accosted by a crazed attacker, cops said.

“I’m going to kill you!” the attacker yelled as he stabbed the victim, who was using a walker, in the knee and hip, police said.

The victim was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for treatment.

That attack was similar to the Feb. 6 assault on a Brooklyn straphanger, who was stabbed by a knife-wielding man who told him: “You’re going “to die today.”

Shaken commuters at the A train’s Far Rockaway Mott Avenue station called for stepped-up security measures, suggesting increased patrols and even metal detectors.

“It’s scary. It’s really scary. I’ve never felt safe on the subway, but I’ve always known I’ve had to take them,” said Marissa Augustus, 17.

“I’m scared for my life…” she added.

Maurice Moore, 33, said the subways are simply not safe at night anymore.

“The police should be here more often. When I go home late, there’s no cops here,” he said. “Between the hours of 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon you see them, but you don’t see them after that.”

The pandemic has meant fewer people — and cops — at the station, commuters said.

“Every time I get on the train, it’s empty,” said Revern Sharp, 45. “There’s no police, so that gives them [the criminals] the jurisdiction to [do whatever] they want to do on the train. Smoke, drink, do whatever on the train, because they know no police is coming…“People are jumping the turnstile, nobody pays for it no more. If you got a MetroCard, you stupid…You need more cops on the subway.”

Mayor de Blasio recently waved off NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea’s public concerns of a recent spate of subway attacks, which included a straphanger shoved onto the tracks.

“We had an incredible and total disruption in 2020. Our entire lives were turned upside down, a global pandemic, a perfect storm – and we are in the process of overcoming that,” de Blasio said earlier this month as he tried to explain away a doubling in subway murders.

Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, blamed City Hall, not cops.

“All reports indicate that the victims were homeless, another failure by the mayor and those in charge of helping the homeless,” he said. “The transit system is not a homeless shelter and the police department’s role in helping has been diminished to say the least.”

There are no arrests in any of the cases and the investigation is ongoing.
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‘A-Train Ripper’ busted, still covered in blood, in knife attacks on NYC subway
By Tina Moore, Larry Celona and Joe Marino
February 13, 2021 | 9:14pm | Updated

The “A-train Ripper” is in custody, multiple law enforcement sources told The Post on Saturday night.

The knife-wielding madman was wanted in a gruesome subway spree that left two homeless people dead and two others slashed along the A train line, and was nabbed in Upper Manhattan, the sources said.

His shoes were still splattered with his victims’ blood when he was taken into custody — and he was still in possession of the bloody knife, one source added.

The yet-named suspect was in custody at the 34th Precinct in Washington Heights, the sources said.

The bloodshed sparked an outcry for safer subways, and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea responded, announcing a “surge” of 500 additional cops for the department’s Transit Bureau to be deployed across the city immediately.

The spree began Friday morning, not far from where the alleged stabber was caught, authorities said.

At 11:30 a.m., a 67-year-old man was stabbed as he pushed his walker along the southbound platform at the A train’s 181st Street station in Washington Heights.

“I am going to kill you!” he told cops his attacker screamed, according to sources. He was stabbed in the right knee and left buttocks; while he required surgery, he is expected to survive the attack.

That attack is preliminarily believed to be connected to three subsequent attacks.

Twelve hours later, at 11:29 p.m. Friday, a man was found stabbed to death but still slumped in his seat on an A train at Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway.

He suffered stab wounds to his neck and torso, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Some two hours after that, at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, a 44-year-old woman was found sprawled dead, again in a pool of blood, under her subway seat inside an A train at the 207th Street station in Inwood.

She had been stabbed throughout her body.

Afterward, at 1:28 a.m. Saturday, a 43-year-old man was randomly stabbed as he slept on a stairwell at the A train station at West 181st Street.

He stumbled to a nearby bank on West 181st Street, but collapsed before entering the vestibule, cops said.

The victim is being treated at an area hospital for four puncture wounds to his back, and is in stable condition.

The 44-year-old woman was taken to New York Presbyterian-Allen Hospital, where she was declared dead, according to authorities.

It is the worst subway stabbing spree since June of 2006, when a homeless serial slasher injured four people on a 13-hour rampage on trains in Harlem and Rockefeller Center. His victims all survived.

And it is the worst mass-violence against the homeless since 2019, when four homeless men were bludgeoned to death in their sleep one night in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Mayor de Blasio recently waved off NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea’s public concerns of a recent spate of subway attacks, which included a straphanger shoved onto the tracks.
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‘A-Train Ripper’ identified as Rigoberto Lopez, homeless man from Brooklyn
By Tina Moore and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
February 14, 2021 | 1:59pm | Updated

The suspected “A-Train Ripper” is a 21-year-old homeless man from Brooklyn who confessed to the weekend subway slash spree and has previously been busted at least four times — including for allegedly assaulting a cop and his own father, law-enforcement sources said Sunday.

Rigoberto Lopez, who lives in a shelter in Boerum Hill and has battled mental-health issues, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder over his latest alleged crime — the random fatal knifings of a man and woman and the slashing of two other guys, the NYPD said.

“I’m not going to get into motive, but what I can tell you is they were all unprovoked attacks. The victims had nothing, didn’t initiate anything,” NYPD Chief Brian McGee, commanding officer of Manhattan North Patrol, told reporters at a briefing Sunday.

Lopez, whose past arrests have included an alleged assault on a cop, had previously “been removed to the hospital two times for, I’ll say, mental illness,” McGee said.

The suspect was nabbed Saturday while still covered in blood and with the alleged murder weapon, law-enforcement sources have said.

Lopez has at least four prior arrests, including for “possession of a controlled substance, criminal contempt and assault,” McGee said.

The drug charge stems from an October arrest of an emotionally disturbed person in Manhattan after police allegedly found cocaine on Lopez, law-enforcement sources said.

In November 2019, he was charged with hitting an NYPD cop, and in October 2019, he was busted with violating a protective order his father had against him — one month after he allegedly struck his dad with a stick, according to sources.

In Lopez’s alleged weekend subway slash spree, police tracked him down in fewer than 24 hours.

McGee said Lopez was arrested around 6:15 p.m. without incident after cops on patrol recognized him from the description of the suspect. The alleged killer still had on the same clothes as he was seen wearing in surveillance video from a scene, the chief said.

Lopez was charged after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Bellevue Hospital, police and law-enforcement sources told The Post.

“This individual was found to be in possession of a knife, which was recovered when he was apprehended, on his person,” the chief said. “Forensics will be used to determine if this knife was used in the commission of either of these incidents.”

McGee credited “grueling work” by detectives in putting the case together and tracking down surveillance footage to get an image of Lopez to cops.

A source added to The Post that Lopez has confessed to the weekend bloodshed.

“Within 24 hours, Rigoberto Lopez was apprehended for stabbing four people in separate incidents occurring on the A Train, which left two dead and two with serious injuries,” NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison said on Twitter on Sunday.


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Police said Lopez’s bloody spree began around 11:30 a.m. Friday when police found a 67-year-old man injured with stab wounds on a southbound A train platform at the 181st Street station in Washington Heights in Manhattan.

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 later, 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.

Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a 43-year-old man was also found randomly stabbed and wounded on a train at West 181st Street in Manhattan, police said.
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Woman killed by ‘A-Train Ripper’ was struggling Jamaican immigrant, dad says
By Georgett Roberts, Tina Moore and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
February 14, 2021 | 2:33pm | Updated


Winston Roberts, 73, father of a woman, Claudine Roberts, 44, who was fatally stabbed on the A train. Kevin C. Downs


The woman killed by “the A-train ripper” was an immigrant from Jamaica who was tragically driven to the streets by mental illness, her father told The Post.

The victim, identified by police sources and kin as 44-year-old Claudine Roberts, had been “a nice girl growing up” before mental illness left her homeless — and in harm’s way, said her dad, Winston Roberts, 73.

“It breaks my heart,” the father said from his Brooklyn home.

“She came here well-dressed on Wednesday,” he said of his daughter. “She was in pink shoes and a green jacket. Now she is in the morgue.”

Claudine — who had just gotten out of Bellevue Hospital amid her ongoing mental issues about a week ago — was riding the train when she was killed by a crazed homeless man early Saturday in a random slashing spree that also left an apparently homeless male straphanger dead and two more riders wounded, cops and her dad said.

Police identified the suspected killer Sunday as Rigoberto Lopez, 21, listing his current address as a Boerum Hill homeless shelter in Brooklyn.
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“I’m happy they caught him,” Winston said of the suspect.

The dad lamented that his daughter was living in a shelter herself while struggling with mental demons.

Claudine had migrated from Jamaica when she was 7 and became a US citizen , her father said. The girl’s mother died in 2012, he said.

The youngest of four children, Claudine began to suffer from mental illness as a teen, he said.

“She started getting like this when she was in high school,” the dad said. “We had to take her to the hospital.”

“She was in Bellevue since January,” Winston Roberts said. “She just came out about a week ago. I said, ‘Claudine, you should do the follow-up and take your medication, or you are going to find yourself back in the hospital.

“She came to get her passport,” he said of her recent visit. “I said, ‘I gave it to you.’ Then she said she gave it to the woman at the shelter but the woman said she never gave it to her.

“I loved my daughter,” he said. “I tried to do the best for her.”
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Police said Claudine was found dead in a pool of blood aboard an A train at the 207th Street station in Inwood in Manhattan shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday.

The body of the other fatal victim, a 57-year-old man, was found aboard the train at the Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway, Queens, around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Two other men were wounded in the attacks along the A line.

Police arrested Lopez in connection with the rampage — and law-enforcement sources said he had blood splattered on his clothes and was still in possession of the bloody knife when apprehended.

Winston Roberts said he learned of his youngest daughter’s death from cops.

“The police came and told me yesterday,” he said, adding one officer — “said they stabbed her.”

“My [other] daughter is just bawling and bawling,” the dad said.

“I loved my daughter,” he said. “I tried to do the best for her.”
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Suspected ‘A-Train Ripper’ is ordered held without bail amid stabbings
By Rebecca Rosenberg
February 15, 2021 | 11:55am | Updated



The accused “A-Train Ripper’’ was ordered held without bail Monday — as a Manhattan prosecutor recalled the horrific details of the suspect’s alleged deadly crime spree.

Homeless double-slay slash suspect Rigoberto Lopez, 21, appeared virtually at the Manhattan Criminal Court hearing, wearing a white COVID-19 protective mask and full Tyvek suit.

He sat silently behind a metal screen as Assistant District Attorney Alfred Peterson launched into a detailed timeline of Lopez’s alleged bloody spree.

“As a result of the defendant’s actions, two people are dead, and two people are very seriously injured,’’ Peterson told the judge.

“It all began on Friday, Feb. 12, at approximately 11:30 in the morning at the subway station at 181st Street and Fort Washington Avenue in Manhattan,’’ the ADA said. “That is an A-train station, Judge.’’

The prosecutor described how Lopez — who has previously been hospitalized for mental-health issues and arrested for allegedly attacking a cop and his own dad — “used a knife and stabbed the first victim, who was seated on a bench in the subway station,’’ wounding the man.

Later that day, Lopez “again used a knife to approach [a homeless man], stabbed him on the train, and [the victim] was found having bled to death on that train car,’’ Peterson said.

But the defendant wasn’t done, the ADA said.

Lopez soon went up to a homeless woman in an A-train car, “used a knife and stabbed her seven times to the chest, abdomen and the arm,’’ the prosecutor said.

“He left the woman on the train, and she was discovered at 207th Street dead in a pool of blood.”

Lopez’s final victim was a man sleeping on a station’s subway stairs, Peterson said.

“The defendant took out the same knife he had used in the other incidents and stabbed this man four times in the back,’’ injuring him, the prosecutor said.

The ADA asked to have Lopez remanded, which Judge Barbara Jaffe agreed to — while also ordering a medical exam for the suspect.

Lopez’s lawyer, Michelle Grant, asked to reserve a bail application for her client.

Peterson noted during the proceeding that Lopez allegedly confessed to his crimes — and was carrying the murder weapon when apprehended. Eagle-eyed cops nabbed Lopez on Saturday evening after noticing he was wearing the same clothing as the susepct caught in surveillance video.

Lopez faces a slew of charges, including felony first-degree murder. He had been arrested at least four previous times, including for allegedly assaulting a cop and his own dad.

Asked by the judge if he understood the charges against him stemming from the bloody weekend spree, Lopez replied, “Si.” A Spanish interpreter was present for him during the proceeding.

His next court date is set for Friday.
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