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Red Line stabbing: Mayor vows to keep public transit safe

August 24, 2011 | 11:31 am

Scene of the Red Line stabbing in Hollywood.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday after an arrest was announced in connection with the fatal Metro Red Line stabbing that he will continue to work to keep public transit safe in Los Angeles.

"I want subway riders to know they are safe," Villaraigosa said in a statement. "Our transit system as well as our streets and neighborhoods are the safest they’ve been in a generation."

He noted the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department increased the number of deputies on the Red Line after the Friday night stabbing and additional deputies will be on patrol during evening hours.

"Though we cannot prevent every random act of violence, I will continue to work hand-in-hand with the sheriff's department and the MTA to keep public transit safe in Los Angeles," he said.

Gene Sim, 33, was arrested Tuesday night in Buena Park in connection with an alleged probation violation, sheriff's officials said.

Witnesses said a confrontation broke out on the Red Line when a man began swinging a chain at a younger rider.

As they argued, the younger man pulled out a knife and stabbed the chain-wielding man. Passengers rushed to the other end of the car as the victim fell to the ground. He was later identified as Jesse Garay, 59.

Sim was described by authorities as a transient. It was unclear what he was doing in Buena Park.

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-- Sam Allen

Photo: Scene of the Red Line stabbing in Hollywood. Credit: KTLA-TV.

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