Blue Line train
File photo of the Metro Blue Line, not the one in the story. Photo by John Schreiber.

Police Saturday were trying to figure out why a quiet passenger on a Blue Line train suddenly got up and stabbed a random rider while the train was at the Long Beach station.

A suspect was arrested after the Friday attack that sent other panicked passengers running, and the victim was hospitalized in serious condition.

Paula Duran, who identified herself as the 29-year-old victim’s mother, told the Long Beach Press-Telegram the stabbing appeared to be random.

The suspect was sitting quietly as the train approached the station, then “got up and walked over” and attacked, sending people running for the front of the train, she told the newspaper.

Officers found the victim with a stab wound to his upper body after being sent Friday  to the Metro Blue Line Anaheim Street Station, according to Long Beach Police Sgt. Bradley Johnson.

Witnesses pointed out a possible suspect who was detained in the area of East Anaheim Street and Locust Avenue, positively identified and arrested, according to Johnson, who said a motive for the stabbing was unknown and it was unclear if it was gang-related.

The suspect’s name was not immediately released.

—City News Service

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