HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — A person has died after being stabbed aboard a Metro Rail in Hollywood, LA City Fire and Metro police confirm.
Stu Mundel, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, says the stabbing happened about 7:35 p.m. Friday at the Hollywood and Vine station housed underneath the W hotel.
The suspect, described as a white male, is at-large. He is believed to be in his 20s and was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt.
An eyewitness told CBS’s Suraya Fadel that the suspect, who was holding two skateboards, calmly got off the train saying he stabbed the victim in self defense.
A LA Times staffer said he witnessed the stabbing and confirmed the self defense story. Todd Martens said the victim had been swinging what appeared to be a bike chain, “wildly,” and “he seemed crazy,” he recounted.
Before departing the train, Martens said the suspect asked his fellow passengers, “You saw him attack me, right? Please say you did.”