Update: Captain Mike Parker of the Sheriff's Department called Patch noting that the unidentified victim is a Monrovia resident, while his suspected attacker is from Los Angeles. The story has been changed to include that information.
A fight between two men on the northbound Metro Gold Line train as it was passing through Pasadena escalated into a stabbing Friday night, culminating in a Los Angeles man being arrested and a Monrovia resident being taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Emergency calls about the stabbing reached Pasadena Police shortly after 6:30 p.m., with officers waiting for the train to stop at the Memorial Park station. Several witnesses helped authorities single out the suspected attacker, 36-year-old Jose Paul Vasquez Flores of Los Angeles, and his victim, an unidentfied 33-year-old Latino man. Assisting Pasadena Police were Sheriff's Transit Services and the Pasadena Fire Department. The victim is in critical but stable condition, while a bloody knife was found in Flores' pants pocket.
“Passengers called 9-1-1, rendered aid to the victim, and pointed out the suspect to Pasadena Police officers who were already waiting when the train arrived,” said Captain Mike Parker, Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau, in a released statement. “The passengers and police working together are what kept the suspect from escaping the scene and ensured the quickest medical care possible for the victim.”
The train where this happened is being examined for more evidence, while the rest of the Gold Line remains in service, according to Pasadena PD.