Sheriff’s Deputies Injured in Late-Night Confrontation With Blue Line Passenger

Two Los Angeles Sheriff Transit deputies were injured early Monday morning when a Blue Line passenger riding on one of the last southbound trains became combative on a station platform. 

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According to Lt. Albert Maldonado of the Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau, the incident occurred at around 1:30AM at the Wardlow Station after two deputies cleared the train, which was at the end of its line. 

“The individual was sleeping on the train,” Maldonado said. But when the deputies got the man off the train, he began etching on a ticket dispenser, so deputies acted to stop him. “He became combative and he actually struck one of our deputies.”

The deputies executed a take-down maneuver and utilized control holds to take the suspect into custody, where he will likely be booked on suspicion of assault on a police officer and vandalism, Maldonado said.

Both deputies had hurt wrists and were transported to Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.