UPDATE, 10:15 a.m. Thursday: A 51-year-old Commerce man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the stabbing death of a 62-year-old man on the Gold Line on Tuesday. According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, police were first called when the southbound train was at Irwindale Station and police met the train at Duarte Station. The LASD said a weapon was recovered but have released no other info about motive or what prompted the stabbing.
The most recent crime stats for Metro are here. Metro has also issued the following statement:
Our thoughts at LA Metro are with the family members of the victim of this tragic attack. While this type of incident is rare in the Metro system, one victim is too many. The safety and security of Metro riders has been and will be our first priority and we will continue to work to enhance security across the entire system.
Metro urges riders to report any threats to public safety on the Metro system by calling Transit Watch at 888-950-SAFE or to call 911 in the event of an emergency.
At approximately 11:30 a.m. this morning, Metro staff received reports of a passenger disturbance on board an East LA-bound Gold Line train. Law enforcement and medical emergency responders were immediately dispatched. Responders met the incident train at Duarte/City of Hope Station and a suspect was detained in an apparent stabbing. A male victim unfortunately died at the scene.
The Gold Line at Duarte/City of Hope Station is currently closed as the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department continues their investigation. Trains are bypassing the station. Supplemental bus shuttles are in service between Monrovia, Duarte/City of Hope and Irwindale. Gold Line trains are expected to run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes throughout this evening. For live updates on Metro service, please check Twitter @metroLAalerts.