Moses Lopez, 30, the suspect suspected of fatally stabbing a Radio Cab driver on Sunday evening, appeared in court on Monday and pled not guilty to the counts of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon.
The incident allegedly occurred on Sunday night. Who exactly is this Moses Lopez, anyway? What exactly occurred with the driver of the Radio Cab? Continue scrolling down for further details.
Who Is Moses Lopez?
Moses Lopez, a passenger in the backseat suddenly sank a knife into the neck of the Portland taxi driver as the vehicle was on a regular call on Sunday night. Without the tip, the driver’s fare for the call would have been around $8.
At about 6:40 in the evening, the taxi driver passed away in his vehicle close to the intersection of Southeast Washington Street and Water Avenue. Moses Lopez, a resident of Portland who is 30 years old, was taken into custody at the scene, according to the police.
According to Moses Lopez’s social media accounts, Moses Lopez is a transgender activist. According to the documents filed in the case, Lopez has been charged with second-degree murder as well as unlawful use of a weapon.
On Monday, one week after Lopez was accused of threatening two persons with a deadly weapon in Coos County, he entered a not-guilty plea to both of the counts that were brought against him.
After Lopez did not show up at the Coos County Circuit Court on Thursday, officials there decided to issue a warrant for his arrest. After three days had passed, Lopez arrived in Portland.
Who Was The Radio Cab Driver Stabbed To Death?
Reese McDowell Lawhon, 43 years old, was confirmed as the Radio Cab driver who was fatally stabbed by a passenger on Saturday.
The family has been informed that the method of death as well as the cause of death was ruled to be a homicide that was caused by stabbing by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Moses Lopez, who was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.
What Happened Actually?
When the car was at the intersection of Southeast Washington Street and Southeast Water Avenue at approximately 6:41 p.m. on April 9, according to Radio Cab, a disagreement regarding the address of the destination broke out.
This occurred in the vicinity of the intersection. According to dispatcher Noah Ernst, who spoke with the Portland Tribune, that was the moment when the passenger attacked and killed the driver.
According to Ernst, one of the company’s drivers picked up a passenger early in the evening on Sunday near Old Town. A disagreement broke out between the driver and passenger shortly after they entered the inner Southeast portion of Portland. At that moment, the driver came to a halt in the inner Southeast area of Portland, and the passenger stabbed him.
Central Precinct officers responded to a stabbing at 6:41 p.m. on April 9 at the corner of Southeast Washington Street and Southeast Water Avenue, according to the Portland Police Bureau. The event was said to have taken place in the southeast corner of the intersection.
When the police arrived, they discovered a man who had already passed away. Officers have taken someone into custody, and they are no longer searching for any further potential suspects. A representative for Radio Cab named Darin Campbell, who acted as a spokesperson, stated that “this attack was completely unprovoked.”
In addition to that, he stated that the driver had recently identified his birth parents and was making plans to meet them for the first time. Whatever the situation may be, Moses Lopez has a court date set for April 18th. Let’s be on the lookout for updates.
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