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Halloween clown aided Red Line stabbing victims, authorities say

November 1, 2011 |  8:45 am

Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators are reviewing closed-circuit video and interviewing several people -- including a Halloween reveler dressed in a clown suit -- in an effort to track down a suspect who stabbed two people early Tuesday at a Hollywood Red Line train station.

The victims -- a man and a woman -- got into an argument on the mezzanine level of the station at Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue. The suspect then pulled out a knife and stabbed them.

The unidentified 30-year-old man whose throat was slashed was aided by a man wearing a clown suit who had earlier been at a Halloween celebration, authorities said. The woman's injuries were less serious. Both were transported to local hospitals.

The incident was the third stabbing in recent months at a Metro Line station, subway or light rail car. One took place on a Gold Line train and another on the Red Line subway car at Hollywood and Vine.

Los Angeles sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said investigators would be reviewing video footage of the incident, which he confirmed was witnessed by several people.

The station re-opened about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.


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Photo: Workers clean up area where two people were stabbed Tuesday morning inside the Metro Red Line station at Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times