A man was fatally stabbed on the Gold Line in the Duarte area on Tuesday. The man was pronounced dead on the scene and the suspect has been detained. Authorities have yet to release the victim’s identity.
That was not the only violent incident on the Metro on Tuesday. A suspect stole a man’s phone and a second suspect struck the man on the head at the Jefferson Metro stop, according to USC DPS logs. The suspects are still at large.
These incidents have riders concerned for their safety on their commute. The stabbing that occurred Tuesday morning was the first homicide in three years on a Metro bus or train.
“The LA Metro is safe. We move about 1.3 million people every single day,” Metro spokesman Brian Haas said about the death. “It’s shocking because it is so uncommon.”
In 2017, the Metro established a new security contract to put more police and sheriff’s deputies on Metro buses and trains in Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Metro riders can use the LA Metro Transit Watch app, which allows users to report crimes anonymously. Users have the option of calling or sending a photo or an incident message to authorities. The app includes access to the Transit Watch LA website, alerts and maps.
Users report details of the incident, and can later review their reports in the app for updates.
At each Metro stop and on the trains there are call boxes riders may use in case of an incident. Officials advise riders to be aware of their surroundings and report an incident if they see something suspicious.
“Safety is our number one priority,” said Dave Sotero, a Metro spokesman. “We continue to make safety a very high priority within the Metro system. We are working with multiple law enforcement partners to patrol the system and to be a visible presence.”
In August, Metro started to use portable security devices to help detect explosives and weapons. The scanners are not at every stop, however. Instead, they are moved from station to station depending on security needs.
“Depending on the time of night I feel safe, but I know there are numbers to call if something happens,” said Johnathon Chang, a junior at USC.
Chang said he did not know the Metro app existed and now that he knows what it is he would use it if he needed to.
Ani Tarpinian, another Metro commuter said: “I have never had a problem riding the Metro, and I don’t ride it that often, so I feel pretty safe.”