Los Angeles man arrested in Metro subway stabbing

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25: LAPD officers E. Rosales, left, and D. Castro, patrol the Metro Red Line at the Hollywood/Highland Metro Station Thursday, June 25, 2020 in Hollywood, CA. The Metro Board of Directors held a meeting Thursday where the agenda included the consideration of appointing a committee to develop plans for replacing armed transit safety officers with ``smarter and more effective methods of providing public safety.'' Metro security is staffed by multiple agencies, including the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and L.A. and Long Beach police departments, transit security guards and contract security workers. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles police officers patrol a Metro Red Line station in 2020. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A Los Angeles man was arrested Saturday night in connection with a rush-hour stabbing on a Metro train last week, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Police said Alex Garcia, 27, boarded a Red Line train at the Hollywood/Western station on Thursday about 5 p.m. and got into an argument with a man seated in the subway car. The argument turned violent, and Garcia slashed the passenger once in the abdomen, police said.

Garcia stayed on the train while the passenger fled the car and flagged down a bystander for help, police said. The passenger is hospitalized with a severe abdominal injury and is in stable condition.

Police said they found Garcia 48 hours later in Hollywood and arrested him.

Garcia is being held in lieu of $1 million bail and is subject to a felony probation hold, police said.

Los Angeles County jail records show that a man with the same name and date of birth as Garcia was arrested Monday afternoon and released Tuesday, two days before the stabbing.

A second stabbing on the Metro system on Thursday evening appears to be an unrelated incident, officials said.

In that case, a man standing on a Red Line platform at the Westlake/MacArthur Park station was stabbed shortly before 8 p.m., and was taken to a hospital with injuries to his neck and torso, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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