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1 hospitalized in stabbing on Metro bus in Lynwood

The stabbing marks the latest in a series of violent crimes on the Metro system that led to an increase in law enforcement on buses and trains and at stations.

Deputies responded Tuesday May 21, 2024 to a report of a stabbing on a metro bus in Lynwood that left one person hospitalized.
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One person was hospitalized after a stabbing Tuesday on a Metro bus in Lynwood, marking the latest violent crime on Los Angeles' transit system.

A passenger was stabbed as the bus was about to stop at Long Beach Boulevard and Norton Avenue. Details about what led up to the attack near the back of the bus were not available early Tuesday afternoon.

The victim's injuries are not considered life-threatening. One person was detained at the scene in connection with the stabbing.

Yellow police tape surrounded a bus at the stop near a coin-operated laundry business in Lynwood early Tuesday afternoon.

NBCLA reached out to Metro for comment.

The attack is the latest in a string of violent crimes on Metro buses and trains and at stations.

Mayor Karen Bass, chair of the Metro board, said last week she ordered an immediate surge in law enforcement on Metro trains and buses following the recent spike in attacks on Los Angeles' transit system. That request was made Wednesday, she said.

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A fatal shooting aboard a Metro bus in Commerce came hours after Bass held a press conference calling for a stronger law and safety enforcement presence on Metro. In a statement Thursday night, the mayor's office called the latest act of violence "unacceptable."

A motion to be introduced this week will increase daily planned deployment of public safety personnel on Metro, meaning a presence on buses and trains, Bass said. The motion also will establish a unified command system to coordinate efforts aimed at improving safety.

“This attack today on a Metro bus in Lynwood is horrific and yet another grim reason that we need a surge of law enforcement on our transit system," Los Angeles County Supervisor and Vice Chair of the Metro Board of Directors Janice Hahn said Tuesday. "People who rely on Metro every day need to know they can take our buses and trains safely. I appreciate our Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene quickly and have detained a person of interest. Thankfully, I am told that the victim’s injuries are not life threatening. I am praying for their quick recovery, and I am so sorry that they had to endure this.”

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