A mentally ill man accused of murdering two people on a grisly A train stabbing spree and seriously wounding two others was ordered held without bail on Monday. Manhattan prosecutors charged Rigoberto Lopez with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and second-degree attempted murder at his virtual arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Assistant District Attorney Alfred Peterson somberly described how the 21-year-old suspect carried out the stabbings during a 14-hour stretch between upper Manhattan and Far Rockaway, Queens — the city’s longest subway line.
Authorities said Lopez is mentally ill and has spent time in at least one hospital psychiatric ward. Criminal Court Judge Barbara Jaffe remanded him at prosecutors’ request and ordered medical attention.
All of the victims were homeless and relying on the subway system for shelter.