A 25-year-old woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of fatally stabbing a Metro employee during a dispute on a Metro B Line train at a downtown Los Angeles rail station.
Irma Monroy, of Los Angeles, is being held on $2.06 million bail, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Her bail also includes an unrelated felony warrant for assault with a deadly weapon.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the attack occurred on a B Line — formerly known as the Red Line — train at the 7th Street/Metro Center Station about 10:45 p.m. Friday.
“The suspect became involved in a verbal dispute with the victim on the MTA B Line train,” according to an LAPD statement. “The dispute escalated and the suspect armed herself and stabbed the victim, ultimately causing his death.”
The employee was taken to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of chest injuries at 11:23 p.m. Friday, according to Metro spokesman Rick Jager.
The name of the man, who was in his 50s, was withheld pending notification of his relatives, according to the coroner’s office.
After the attack, she was seen exiting the station pushing a “distinctive” green bicycle, which officers on Monday recovered, along with the knife suspected of being used during the stabbing.
“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,” Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said in a statement Monday evening.
“It is through this quick response that riders and fellow Metro employees can be assured that safety on our system is top priority and individuals who commit such acts of violence will be aggressively pursued and brought to justice.”
Washington said in an email to employees Saturday night that the victim had worked at Metro for more than 18 years, most recently in the rail operations division.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the LAPD Central Bureau Homicide office at 213-486-8700; 877-LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
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