Detectives were investigating a beating that took place on a train in Long Beach this week, after a video showing a woman stomping on a male passenger was brought to authorities' attention Thursday, authorities said.
A female passenger began hitting, kicking, and then stomping on a man riding on a Metro Blue Line train after he allegedly called the woman racial slurs, deputies said.
"I was like she lost her mind, but then I see the reason why, because everybody don't do disrespect," said Derrick Green, a Blue Line passenger, when he saw the video. "I don't care if it's racial or if it's personal, you got to be more careful how you deal with other people."
Detectives believe the confrontation happened on August 1 around 7 p.m., but need more information before they can pull video from the train or the train's platform, according to Ramon Montenegro, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Transit Policing Division. A suspicious circumstances battery report was filed even though the victim himself had not come forward, and had not filed a complaint.
Police are hoping to find witnesses or the person who shot the video so they can pull surveillance video from the specific train or platform where the incident took place, Montenegro added.
"It's hard to believe that something like this could actually transpire," said Brett Holleman, another Blue Line passenger. "And not only have it just videoed, but no help provided, that's the struggle."
Authorities advised passengers that they can call 888-950-SAFE, or can use the LA Metro Transit Watch App to report crimes on the trains.