SANTA MONICA—A man was slashed in the neck aboard a Metro Expo Line train headed to downtown Santa Monica after an altercation on Thursday, December 15. The injuries the victim sustained were non-life threatening.
The incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. at 402 Colorado Ave. Ramon Montenegro of the Sheriff’s Transit Policing Division said two men got in a fight and one slashed the other in the neck and face with a knife or sharp object, causing superficial wounds. The suspect fled the scene on a dark colored beach cruiser bicycle. The victim was transported to a local hospital by paramedics for evaluation and treatment.
One side of the platform at the downtown station was partially closed during the investigation, but has since reopened. Montenegro said he did not have a description of the suspect, but said the Santa Monica Police Department were assisting sheriff’s deputies in searching for the suspect.
This attack is the second this year, following the incident that occurred in October, where a man was shot by officials after he threatened them with a pair of knives. In June, the station was evacuated when authorities cleared the station of a suspicious package. For all crimes that occur at the station or on the train tracks, the sheriff’s department handles security.