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Man Stabbed at Downtown Santa Monica Train Station
 

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By Jorge Casuso

May 4, 2020 -- A man was stabbed inside the Expo train station in Downtown Santa Monica early Saturday morning in what officials believe was in incident involving two homeless individuals.

The incident was reported to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Transit Services Bureau shortly before 5 a.m. by Santa Monica Police, sheriff's officials said.

Both sheriffs deputies and police officers responded to the scene and found the victim, who is in his 30s, had been stabbed in the chest.

The victim was "breathing and was able to direct deputies" to the suspect before being transported to a hospital for treatment, said the Bureau's spokesman Ramon Montenegro.

The suspect was located by deputies and police near the corner of 4th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard two blocks from the station, he said.

"He made a spontaneous statement" and was arrested in connection with the stabbing, Montenegro said.

The victim remains hospitalized in stable condition "with non-life-threatening wounds," he said.

The suspect faces a preliminary charge of assault with a deadly weapon that could be upgraded to assault with the intent to commit great bodily harm due to the nature of the injury, Montenegro said.

The incident took place "beyond the turnstiles in the interior of the station," he said.

Many homeless individuals purchase train passes that give them access to the stations, Montenegro said.

While the suspect is being charged with a felony, the vast majority of crimes involving the homeless are misdemeanors.

Santa Monica is expected to prosecute fewer misdemeanors under the proposed budget cuts the Council is expected to approve Tuesday,

According to the proposed cuts, the the City Attorney's office "will be prosecuting fewer misdemeanor criminal cases.

"We will work with the Santa Monica Police Department to ensure that we continue to prosecute the cases of highest importance, including domestic violence, driving under the influence, and any other cases involving violent conduct," according to the staff report.


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