The alleged New York City subway stabber accused of fatally stabbing two homeless people on an A train is in custody.
In October 2019, NY police arrested a 24-year-old man accused of using a metal pipe to beat four fellow homeless people to death as they slept in the city's Chinatown district.
The two nonfatal attacks - one involving a 67-year-old man and the other involving a 43-year-old man - also occurred in upper Manhattan. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the measure as officials launched an investigation into the killings on Saturday.
The four unprovoked attacks apparently targeted homeless people and took place on the A train or at stations served by it beginning on Friday morning. Later, a 44-year-old woman was discovered with multiple stab wounds and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Local radio station 1010WINS, citing police sources, said Lopez was taken into custody late on Saturday wearing blood-soaked clothes and shoes.
The incidents all occurred along the A subway line. He underwent surgery and is in a stable condition, police said.
Investigators said it's unclear whether the stabbings were connected and stressed the investigation is preliminary.
Police leaders said they would deploy an additional 500 officers into the subway system to guard against future assaults.
The heads of the city's transit system and transit workers union called the attacks "outrageous and unacceptable". "Whether they go onto a train, whether they go onto a platform, and they'll be there as long as needed to make sure people 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.