Man fatally stabbed on Figueroa bus [update]

HIGHLAND PARK — A male passenger was stabbed to death on board a Metro bus Monday night while traveling northbound on Figueroa Street, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

LASD, which is in charge of security on Metro buses and trains, said the stabbing was reported at about 10:40 p.m. Homicide detectives found a male Latino victim near Figueroa Street and Meridian streets, according to an LASD bulletin. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was stabbed in the chest during an argument with three Latino men who boarded the 81 bus line at Figueroa and Avenue 57.  The three suspects headed west on Meridian after getting off the bus.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the LASD Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

Update: Sheriff releases photos of suspects in fatal Highland Park bus stabbing

figueroa and meridian map

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  1. never take the bus

    • Stay away from groups of young Latino men, evil incarnate.

      • The Anglo male is responsible for more death and destruction than any other race in world history. Via gun, disease, and unjust law.., they’ve destroyed entire cultures and ravaged once pristine lands. Evil is at home in their hearts, lies at home on their tongues. Their greed knows no end. Their sick minds produce the most wicked serial killers. They are prone to pedophilia and have no morality. Beware,

      • Stop gentrification

        This killing was from the hands of a white bro..

    • More people taking bus = more money into transit = better security. Don’t let the losers win.

    • never leave the house

  2. LASD, which is in charge of security on Metro buses and trains… What security? The guy above has it right.

  3. unless you’re instigating fights with local gang members, you’re not getting stabbed… It’s a shame it happened at all, but this could have just as easily happened in front of a church or yoga studio.

    If more people rode the bus, LA wouldn’t be such a crap hole in most places.

  4. Not to minimize this tragedy but to keep things in perspective, 35,000 Americans are killed in car crashes and about 2,000,000 are injured. The biggest killers in Los Angeles are heart disease, lung disease, and stroke — lifestyle diseases exacerbated by car dependency. Resigning oneself to car dependency because one is afraid of people on the bus is highly illogical.

    • Whether one is sitting in a car or on a bus, you’re still sitting. Your point doesn’t make sense. Walk, exercise or bike….

      • Public transport generally results in more exercise – walking to bus stops, train stations. Not to mention that massively reduced risk of injury/death from road accidents.

      • @eastsidearts spoken like a true motorist. If you’d ever taken the bus or public transit, you’d know it’s a lot more conducive to physical activity than driving.

        god forbid anyone walk in this city… but I highly recommend it, I actually began to appreciate LA’s beauty much more when I wasn’t speeding by at 50 mph OR banging my head on the steering wheel at 5 mph.

      • How does it not make sense? You’re more likely to die driving than taking a bus. As a rider, I’ll say there are plenty of reasons to dislike the bus, but in general I find it safe for 9 to 5 transportation. You do have to put up with some unsavory characters, but if you stay vigilant and resist the urge to argue (same as you’d have to in a car to keep from getting hit or subjected to road rage) you’ll be fine. Furthermore, you’ll meet some nice folks. I have.

    • I also find riding my bicycle on north fig to be highly illogical…. Hmmmm could this be the actual transit wasteland we all feared it would be?

  5. Prius Driver, an argument escalated – are you never supposed to stand up for yourself? Only with gangsters is that a just reason for them to murder you.

    The lingering problem with Highland Park is there are many minimum wage workers, many of whom are recent immigrants. If people want to stop seeing young men become gangster and commit violent crimes, raise the minimum wage so Americans will do the jobs instead of immigrants who won’t have the time to properly raise their children.

    • Bigger lingering problem is low levels of education.

      “14.3% of residents 25 and older have a four-year degree, about average for the city of Los Angeles and about average for the county.”

      “The percentage of residents 25 and older with less than a high school diploma is high for the county.”

      “The percentages of residents ages 10 or younger and 19 to 34 are among the county’s highest.”

      “The percentage of never married males is among the county’s highest.
      There are 2,705 families headed by single parents. The rate is 21.1%, high for the city of Los Angeles and high for the county”

  6. We are having a similar problem with bus safety Downtown. A middle-aged man was assaulted while riding the bus about a week ago, and was hospitalized (it’s posted on the DTLA Facebook page).. . no help from the driver, no response from Metro, slow response from police. And no news organization or blog bothered to pick it up, including the Eastsider. And it’s probably on bus security camera footage.

    It wasn’t gang or robbery-related… the problem here is that the busses are basically
    travelling day-care for the mentally unstable homeless population. You see them on every bus, and mostly they don’t bother you. They mutter and howl, or they stare straight ahead, but now and then they will choose someone to focus on, and when they do, you never know what’s going to happen. I got smacked in the back of the head once, out of nowhere, I got off immediately. Another time I found a long sharpened stick under my seat. It’s getting a little creepy.

    And just TRY to operate a fare-card machine downstairs at Pershing Square Station without getting harassed.
    (Not asking for money, but badgered to buy some used fare card “with money on it” by someone who is amped up and won’t take no for an answer.

    I wanted to stop using my car because the Metro supposedly goes everywhere, but lately I am using my car again.

    It’s not that all buses are unsafe– it’s the “You never know” factor… and some days I am just not in the mood for surprises. It needs to be a safe, uneventful, ride when one gets on a Los Angeles bus. And now we have a stabbing.

    • The fear of crime is more debilitating than crime itself. Metro has over 1 MILLION bus+rail boardings everyday, I’m way more scared of crazy SUV drivers like the one who tried to run me over today than any crackhead on the bus.

      • Yes, but the fear of reporting it, especially by the entities who provide the service and maintain its safety, would be irresponsible if it were driven by desire to not lose ridership. The images of the men sought for this crime have been released by the sheriff’s department, but I’d be interested to know if they will be plastered on the bus route on which the suspects committed the crime. Keeping riders informed would be the best way to catch the criminals and is a better way to reduce the fear than insisting on there being nothing to fear but fear itself.

  7. Ricardo Martinez Simental

    This comments thread is the worst. Thanks eastsiders.

    • @Ricardo Martinez Simental: The Eastsider comment readings are upcoming, nice audition piece, thanks for stopping by. We’ll call you.

  8. 10 other people on the bus????

    That’s why I always sit in the front.
    People sacrificed a lot to not have to sit in the back of the bus But many fools can’t wait to go to the back

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