Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and Metro Vice Chair, is contributing a $10,000 reward through her First District Discretionary Funds to add to Metro’s $25,000 reward for information that leads to the identification, apprehension and conviction of the person who shot a Metro L Line (Gold) rail operator at Indiana Station in East Los Angeles at 4:10 a.m. this morning.
The operator was struck twice and taken to a local hospital in stable condition. Metro Security and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, with the support of the Los Angeles Police Department, are now actively investigating the incident.
“Our Metro workforce should never be forced to fear for their lives,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti. “This act of senseless violence cannot — and will not — go unanswered. The perpetrator must be brought to justice, and all of our thoughts are with the victim of this attack, his family, friends, and loved ones.”
“I am appalled at this senseless and seemingly random act of violence that occurred in the First District earlier today,” said Supervisor Solis. “First and foremost, my thoughts go out to the family and friends of the Metro Rail operator. I am putting forward a reward of $10,000 to assist in the investigation and to ensure that the individual(s) responsible is held accountable for this egregious act against someone who was providing a crucial service to our community.”
Metro will be posting reward notices on L Line trains and on its website. Those with information about the suspect are encouraged to call 888.950.SAFE (7233) or text 213.788.2777. Alternately, those with information on the suspect can utilize the Metro Transit Watch App available on iPhone and Android platforms.
“This was a brazen act of violence against a defenseless Metro operator,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “All our front-line operators are true heroes who provide an essential service for the traveling public during this pandemic. We will continue to support the operator and his family and will do everything we can to help bring this perpetrator to justice. We hope this reward gives anyone who may have seen this incident or who has any information the impetus to come forward.”
Pursuant to Section 53069.5 of the Government Code of the State of California, Metro’s Reward Policy enables the agency to offer a financial reward for information that leads to, among others, the identification, apprehension and conviction of any person whose willful misconduct results in injury or death to any employee, board member, staff or customer.
For more information about reward guidelines, visit www.metro.net.