A man was in custody Wednesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing another man on a Metro Gold Line train in the Duarte area.
Peter Munoz, 51, of Commerce was arrested Tuesday night and booked on suspicion of murder, according to the sheriff’s department. He was being held without bail.
Xuezhong Bao, 62, was pronounced dead at the Duarte Station in the 1600 block of East Duarte Road after the train stopped there about 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, according to the coroner’s office and the sheriff’s department. His place of residence was not known.
Munoz was arrested after investigators interviewed witnesses and reviewed surveillance video, the sheriff’s department reported. A motive for the crime was unknown.
The last homicide on a Metro train occurred Jan. 13, 2014, on the Metro Red Line at the Vermont/Santa Monica Station. In that case, the victim was stabbed on a train and pronounced dead at a hospital, an agency spokesman said.
Metro issued the following statement about Tuesday’s killing:
“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.”
Riders are urged 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.
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