LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – A suspect has been arrested in the stabbing death of a man on a Metro platform in Koreatown late Sunday afternoon.
At 4:50 p.m., deputies responding to a report of an altercation on the Purple Line platform of the Wilshire/Normandie station to find a man who had been stabbed multiple times, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses told investigators that the victim and suspect were engaged in an argument just prior to the stabbing. Deputies say the suspect escaped in the chaos and confusion that followed.
“He was running like he didn’t have a knife, but he was older and he seemed agitated,” a witness said.
Deputies began to search the area before receiving a call from employees of a Carl’s Jr. located above the Metro station who said the suspect may be holed up in their restaurant’s bathroom.
“He asked the employees for a coin or something so he could get in the bathroom,” said Lt. John Corina with the LASD Homicide Bureau.. “Employees noticed he had a lot of blood on him. He went in the bathroom and tried to clean up.”
It took responding deputies about 45 minutes to convince the suspect to surrender, Corina said.
The Wilshire/Normandie station was closed as of 10 p.m. Sunday while homicide investigators examined the scene. Train service between the Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/Vermont stations was shut down as well. Buses shuttled riders between the two stations.
The names of the victim and suspect were not immediately confirmed.