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Gold Line stabbing victim in critical but stable condition

August 27, 2011 | 12:52 pm

A 33-year-old man was in critical but stable condition Saturday after being stabbed during what began as a fist fight on the Metro Gold Line as it traveled through Pasadena, authorities said.

The victim, whose name was not given, was aboard the northbound light rail train about 6:30 p.m. Friday when he began fighting with Jose Paul Vasquez Flores, 36, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Metro deputies and authorities with the Pasadena police and fire departments met the train at the Memorial Park Station at 125 E. Holly St. in Pasadena.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery.

Flores was treated for injuries and arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $1 million, the department said. A bloody knife was recovered from his pants pocket, authorities said.

About 100 passengers were aboard the train at the time of the incident, Metro spokeswoman Helen Ortiz Gilstrap said. When the train stopped at Memorial Park, all passengers were evacuated except for witnesses, who were interviewed by authorities.

The station closed for the remainder of the evening, although one track was opened about 10:15 p.m. so that trains could pass through, Gilstrap said.

Authorities completed their investigation about 3:15 a.m. Saturday and normal operations resumed a half-hour later.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s Metro Transit Services detectives at (323) 563-5000.


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