Woman arrested and charged with murder of Metro employee on Friday night; statement from Metro CEO Phil Washington

On Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10:45 p.m. at 7th/Metro in downtown Los Angeles, the suspect became involved in a verbal dispute with the victim on a B Line (Red) train. The dispute escalated and the suspect armed herself and fatally stabbed the victim (Friday’s Source post).

Here is the news release from the Los Angeles Police Department on the arrest Monday:

On October 19, 2020, Irma Monroy a 25-year-old resident of Los Angeles, was arrested and booked for California Penal Code § 187(a) – Murder. 

Monroy’s bail, which includes an unrelated outstanding felony warrant for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, is set at $2,060,000. She is due to be arraigned on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

The knife used during the commission of the crime and the green bicycle were recovered at the time of the arrest.

And here is a statement from Metro CEO Phil Washington:

Metro is grateful for the quick response and action taken by our law enforcement partners in the apprehension and arrest of the suspect in the murder of one of our employees last Friday night at the 7th Street/Metro Center Station.

It is through this quick response that riders and fellow Metro employees can be assured that safety on our system is our top priority and individuals who commit such acts of violence will be aggressively pursued and brought to justice.

Metro is deeply saddened by this unfortunate incident involving a Metro family member. We appreciate the thoughts and prayers that have been extended to the victim’s family and Metro employees.

Our mission is to ensure patrons and employees can ride and work safely, without fear, 100 percent of the time. We ask our transit customers to continue to help us achieve our mission by reporting any crimes on the Metro system. Metro riders can anonymously report any information that could lead to an arrest by using Metro’s Transit Watch smart phone app or by calling Transit Watch at 888-950-SAFE (7233).

9 replies

  1. I admire Phil Washington, but this was a really milquetoast statement. “Unfortunate”? This was a grisly, horrific murder of one of your employees on Metro property! At least say you have met with the Metro employee’s family and will do everything to ease their grief.

    Relatedly- I hope Metro will take this murder as a jumping off point to really critically evaluate security on the system. This can’t be allowed to ever happen again. I’d like Phil to say as much… “This won’t happen again, not on my watch.”

  2. What type of worker was the employee that was murdered? Were they a train operator, janitor, or something else?

    • Hi.

      We’re not releasing the name of our employee at this time.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

    • I believe that one of the biggest issues that Metro Authorities need to deal with and acknowledge is that for alot of transients and indigent individuals (the homeless community,) rail and bus lines are like their own personal mobile homes. Yes, they are entitled to ride just like any other tax paying person but , when they not only intimidate passengers but the drivers themselves, something has to be done. If something seems off with them, they should be forced off at the very next stop. Period! I understand this may be difficult for the subway lines but for all street level routes it should me mandatory..however most times I would imagine most drivers are under the pressure to hit there stops at specific times and riders want to get home or to work or what have you, so we as a community eventually tolerate these unstable individuals because no one wants to deal with them. Lets be real! The few Nite Owl lines that do run are jammed up with individuals sleeping in them with bags and bags of trash, spreading bacteria, diseases and microbes unimaginable while hard working, tax-paying citizens waking up at the crack of dawn are forced to stand and ride like sardines trying to avoid them.

      My prayers and condolences to the victim and the family he leaves behind.

      We must acknowledge this. Drivers, along with us bus riders and union riders, should make it a point that they are abusing their own unfortunate circumstances and endangering our community.

  3. Even if metro rides become free, I won’t ride again until security is enhanced. Despite the cost, there need to be security officers 24/7 at major stations like 7th street, Holllywood/Vine, Hollywood/Highland, etc.