Suspect arrested in fatal stabbings in NYC subway system

Cheryl Sanders
February 15, 2021

Authorities say an unidentified man could be responsible for four separate stabbing attacks in the New York City subways that have left two people dead.

The first attack happened shortly before midnight on Friday, when an adult male was pronounced deceased after being stabbed in the neck and torso on the A train.

"To the victims, to the victims' families, we are 100% committed to getting justice ... to bring closure to the families of this bad incident", NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said.

"Perhaps Council Speaker Johnson should ask NYers if they want more or less police on the streets & in the subways - especially since the tragic murders on the A Line", Detectives' Endowment Association tweeted Saturday.

Two hours later, a 44-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in a subway auto in upper Manhattan. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The fourth person was a 43-year-old man who was stabbed early on Saturday, also at the West 181st Street station.

All of the victims appear to be homeless and the stabbings were unprovoked, police said.

Local radio station 1010WINS, citing police sources, said Lopez was taken into custody late on Saturday wearing blood-soaked clothes and shoes. He underwent surgery at a nearby hospital and was in stable condition.

Investigators said it's unclear whether the stabbings were connected and stressed the investigation is preliminary.

Police patrol the A line subway train bound to Inwood, after NYPD deployed an additional 500 officers into the subway system following deadly attacks, Saturday Feb. 13, 2021, in NY.

In the meantime, Shea said the deployed officers will be there as long as needed to ensure that New Yorkers feel safe.

"Every customer, and each of our fearless, heroic transit workers deserve a safe and secure transit system", New York City Transit interim President Sarah Feinberg and TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said in a joint statement.

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