As many of you have likely heard, two people were stabbed in an altercation shortly after 4:30 a.m. today on the mezzanine level of the Red Line subway’s Hollywood/Western station. One victim has been treated and released and the other is expected to be released shortly. The suspect remains at large.
As a result of the incident and ongoing investigation, the station remained closed until shortly after 8 a.m. this morning — disrupting the morning commute for many. Metro apologizes for any inconvenience and hopes the public understands the need for a thorough investigation.
There have been two other stabbings in recent months on Metro trains. None of the incidents are related and I want to emphasize a few points:
•Serious crime on Metro trains and buses is currently down five percent over this time last year.
•On Sept. 21, we posted — for the first time — crime statistics on Metro’s buses and trains. As we reported at the time: “The good news: crime is very low on the Metro system — certainly lower than in many surrounding communities. Over the past five years, the number of the most serious crimes has gone down and the number of arrests and citations issued is up.”
•There have been well over 440 million boardings on Metro buses and trains in the past year. The system — like other transit systems in the world — is unfortunately not crime-free.
•The Metro Board of Directors last week renewed the agency’s contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to patrol Metro buses and trains. The contract includes enough money to add 105 personnel to help patrol Metro.
In the view of some, the three stabbings will make for a trend. I do not agree — the data in recent years suggests that what has happened recently is an aberration and an unfortunate one at that. Metro will continue to try to improve security and vigorously patrol the system.