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Rigoberto Lopez biography: 13 things about A-Train Ripper

Rigoberto Lopez made headlines after stabbing four people on the A train line in New York City, New York, United States days before Valentine’s Day in 2021, earning him the name the A-Train Ripper. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He has battled mental-health issues. (a)
  2. He lived in a shelter in Boerum Hill in Brooklyn, New York City. (a)
  3. He lived at a motel in Brooklyn. His neighbor Paul Gilbert said, “I’ve never seen him here aggressive with anybody or get into any altercations.” (b)
  4. On September 30, 2019, he asked his father for drug money. The father refused so he hit him in the knee with a wooden stick. (b)
  5. On October 5, 2019, he harassed his father again for money so his father obtained an order of protection against him. (b)
  6. On November 14, 2019, a police officer responded to a call from someone who had an order of protection against. The caller was not his father. He assaulted the officer with a wooden stick so he was arrested. (b)
  7. In October 2020, he was arrested after being spotted walking around Washington Heights in Manhattan, New York City with a long kitchen knife. He also had 48 bags of cocaine, which he planned to sell. (b)
  8. At around 11:30 a.m. on February 12, 2021, he stabbed Carlos Martinez, 67, homeless man sitting in his walker at the 181st Street Station in Washington Heights. Martinez survived and was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia. (b)
  9. He is accused of fatally stabbing a homeless man, 40, who was found dead at around 11:19 p.m. on February 12, 2021 in a subway train at the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station in New York. (b)
  10. He is accused of stabbing Claudine Roberts, 42, a homeless woman found with multiple stab wounds at the 207th Street stop in Inwood, Manhattan at around 1:15 a.m. on February 13, 2021. At around 2:00 a.m., she died at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital. (b)
  11. He is accused of stabbing a homeless man, 43, at the West 181st Street in Manhattan around 1:28 a.m. on February 13, 2021. (a) (b)
  12. At around 6:15 p.m. on February 13, 2021, he was arrested in Washington Heights. He was still covered in blood and was carrying the knife he used in his slashing spree. (a) (b)
  13. He was 21 years old when he was arrested on February 13, 2021. After undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, he was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. (a) (b) (c)

 

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