A woman is being sought by homicide detectives Monday for fatally stabbing a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker at a busy downtown station, police said.
The suspect allegedly got into a “verbal dispute” with the unidentified employee late Friday on a Red Line train. The argument escalated and the woman “armed herself” before stabbing the male worker and killing him at the 7th Street/Metro Center subway station, Los Angeles police said.
The woman then left the Red Line train while pushing a distinctive green bicycle and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the LAPD.
She is described as a white or Hispanic woman believed to be 25 to 30 years old.
Paramedics treated the victim – who was stabbed in the chest — on a platform before taking him to a hospital, city fire officials told the Los Angeles Times. He was later pronounced dead and had not been identified as of Sunday because his relatives had yet to be notified, a Metro spokesman told the newspaper.
It’s unclear whether the employee was on duty when he was attacked, Metro spokesman Rick Jager said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and fellow Metro employees,” Jager said, adding that the agency was “deeply saddened” by the deadly stabbing.
“We will work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and aggressively pursue perpetrators and bring them to justice,” agency officials said in a statement to KTLA.
The victim was a Metro employee for more than 18 years who was most recently assigned to the agency’s rail operations division, Metro’s chief executive, Phil Washington, told workers in an email Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact LAPD at (213) 486-8700.
No arrests had been made as of early Monday, Los Angeles police told The Post.