Man stabbed to death at Metro Purple Line station in Koreatown

KOREATOWN, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A man was found stabbed to death at a Koreatown Metro station Sunday afternoon after he and the suspect got into an argument.

Authorities responded to reports of a fight at the Metro Purple Line station near Wilshire Boulevard and Normandie Avenue around 4:50 p.m.

When Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies arrived, they found a man dead on the platform.

Witnesses told deputies they saw two men arguing on the platform before the stabbing. It was unclear what the argument was about.

During the argument, a male suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim several times, according to authorities.

Authorities said the suspect, who had blood on himself, then ran into the Carl's Jr. restaurant near the station, asked for employees for a token to get into the bathroom and then barricaded himself in there for 45 minutes.

Deputies tracked the man down and were able to coax the man out of the bathroom to be taken into custody.

The 62-year-old suspect has a criminal record, according to authorities, and they believe he did not know the victim.

The Metro station remained shut down for the investigation. The Purple Line did not run between Western and Vermont avenues. Bus services were available to get passengers to their next stop.

The investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with more information was urged to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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