Subway Stabbing Spree Suspect Rigoberto Lopez Confesses, Prosecutors Say

The man accused in a deadly stabbing spree on the A train has confessed to the crimes, prosecutors say. CBS2's Hazel Sanchez reports.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: Today they have made an arrest in a deadly subway stabbing spree. They say the suspected killer confessed to the crimes. And now there is a call for increased policing and mental health services. CBS2's Hazel Sanchez reports.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: Local politicians and community leaders held a vigil outside the 207th Street train station in Inwood to honor the homeless New Yorkers killed and injured during a weekend stabbing spree along the A train line.

CARMEN DE LA ROSA: The people who died and were attacked in our communities did not need to meet that tragic fate. This system, our current system, has failed them.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: On Saturday, police arrested 21-year-old Rigoberto Lopez, a homeless man whom prosecutors say confessed to using this knife to stab four people within just 14 hours beginning Friday morning into Saturday. Two men survived. One man and woman died. 44-year-old Claudine Roberts' body was discovered on a train at the 207th Street station. Prosecutors say Lopez stabbed her seven times in the chest, abdomen, and arm. Her father, Winston Roberts, says his daughter was homeless, hospitalized for her mental illness, and released just days before her murder. He says the city didn't do enough to help her.

WINSTON ROBERTS: They need to fix the problem. And they're not doing it.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: On Saturday, the NYPD added 500 uniformed police officers to patrol the subway system. The MTA is calling on Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea to add an additional 1,000 officers to the Transit Bureau to patrol subways and buses.

PAT FOYE: We also need more mental health resources from the city of New York dedicated to address the growing crisis facing the city.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: Suspect Rigoberto Lopez has a criminal record and a history of mental illness. He made his first court appearance this morning, facing murder and attempted murder charges. He's being held without bail. In the Inwood section of Manhattan, Hazel Sanchez, CBS2 News.