Police say they’ve arrested two men in connection with the stabbing aboard the Metro A Line in Long Beach that left one man dead earlier this week.
Akili Collins, 18, was taken into custody Friday on suspicion of murder, according to Long Beach Police Department booking records. Melake Daniel, 19, was also taken into custody by police on suspicion of accessory after the fact, the LBPD said. Both were arrested near the 900 block of East Broadway.
Collins’ bail was set at $2 million while Daniel’s was set at $1 million, LBPD said, adding that detectives will present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration early next week.
Police identified the victim as 25-year-old Los Angeles resident Luis Fernando Polita.
Police said the day after the stabbing that Polita boarded the train somewhere outside of Long Beach, and sometime after it entered the city, three unknown male suspects boarded the train and immediately approached him.
A fight began, and one of the suspects pulled out a knife and stabbed Polita multiple times, police said.
When the train came to a stop at the Downtown Long Beach station at First Street and Pine Avenue, the suspects exited and fled the area on foot, police said.
Paramedics removed Polita from the train and performed CPR before transporting him to a local hospital where he died from his injuries, police said.
While the motive for the stabbing is still under investigation, police say the crime was not random and that the victim appeared to be targeted.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the identity of the victim.