UPDATE | The victim in a fatal stabbing that occurred on a Metro Blue Line platform in Long Beach has been identified, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office announced today, while the suspected killer remains hospitalized with self-inflicted knife wounds, currently in critical condition.
According to the coroner’s website, the victim was identified as 46-year-old Robert Goins, the man who died on a railroad platform on April 15 of multiple stab wounds.
PREVIOUSLY: Fight Between Two Men on Long Beach Blue Line Platform Leads to Fatal Stabbing
04/15/16 at 2:15PM | A fight between two men at a Long Beach Metro Blue Line stop early Friday morning resulted in the fatal stabbing of one and the hospitalization of the other, authorities said.
The incident happened at the Wardlow Station on the 3400 block of North Pacific Place just after 2:00AM on Friday, April 15, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).
The victim died at the scene while the suspected killer was hospitalized in critical condition with self-inflicted knife wounds, authorities said.
“Transit Policing Division deputies were patrolling the Wardlow Blue Line station platform and came upon two men involved in a physical altercation,” LASD officials said in a statement. “One of the men was laying injured on the ground, when the other realized deputy personnel were present, he fled the scene towards West Wardlow Road.”
Deputies then called for backup and several units with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) responded.
Long Beach officers located the uncooperative suspect as he fled on foot and used several less lethal weapons before he was taken into custody about a half mile from the crime scene, authorities reported.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition. Officials said he is being treated for self-inflicted knife wounds.
Partial rail operation service was restored at 5:40AM, according to authorities.
The motive for the stabbing is unknown.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at 323.890.5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing 800.222.TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org/.
Above, left photo courtesy of LASD.