A sister of a many dubbed the “A-Train Ripper” says she was “shocked” to find out her brother was the man he killed two and stabbed and slashed several others in a brutal crime spree that took place over the Valentine’s Day Weekend.
“This is a surprise to me. He was normal, as far as I saw,” Lisbeth Astwood, 27, said of her 21-year-old brother, Rigoberto Lopez.
According to the NYPD, Lopez was captured over the weekend and charged with the stabbings that left two people dead and two others wounded since 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12.
Police said Lopez, who most recently lived in a Boerum Hill shelter, has at least four prior arrests and has battled mental health issues.
“I’m not going to get into motive, but what I can tell you is they were all unprovoked attacks,’’ NYPD Chief Brian McGee, commanding officer of Manhattan North detectives, told reporters at a briefing Sunday. “The victims had nothing, didn’t initiate anything.”
Astwood affirmed her brother faced bouts of depression.
“He used to get depression but was never diagnosed with schizophrenia or anything like that. The only drugs I knew of him using was marijuana,” she said.
One of Lopez’s previous arrests was for possessing a controlled substance, police have said.
According to his sister, Lopez lived with his family in the Bronx before living at the shelter. But he was eventually kicked out by his two older brothers.
“There were some issues about the way he was acting. He didn’t like the way the house was being run. He’d tell our mother how to wash the dishes, things like that,” Astwood said.
His parents now both live in the Dominican Republic, while his two brothers live separately in the Bronx, according to Astwood.
Lopez has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and two counts of second-degree attempted murder in connection to the recent subway stabbings.
He was nabbed while still covered in blood and with the alleged murder weapon, law-enforcement sources have said.
He later confessed to the bloody spate of crimes along the A-line, which occurred over a span of about 15 hours Friday and Saturday, the NYPD said.
The slashings, the latest incident in a recent spike of transit violence, prompted MTA Chairman Patrick Foye and interim New York City Transit chief Sarah Feinberg on Sunday to ask for 1,500 more cops to be assigned to the transit system — three times the number the NYPD said it would reassign to the subways by Monday.