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Last Night, a skater on the Los Angeles subway stabbed a guy to death in front of everyone on the train. Fellow passengers helped him escape Crazy story.

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Silver Lake19 points · 7 years ago

I was there on the train. it stopped at hollywood and vine, and we didn't know what happened. then a guy from a few cars up came with his crying son who was about 7 years old. the child was scared from when he saw the knife. i decided to get off the train there, and then a ton of police came running down the stairs into the station. scary stuff.

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8 points · 7 years ago

At least you had your clean blue shirt

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Silver Lake2 points · 7 years ago

haha and 2 skateboards! jk i was on my bike

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Downtown9 points · 7 years ago

Don't bring a chain to a knife fight.

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Los Feliz17 points · 7 years ago

If I were on a train with somebody who had just stabbed a guy, and he came up to me, being worried about getting caught, I'd probably try to calm him down. If helping him escape is what gets me away from being stabbed, then that's what I'm going to do.

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Original Poster7 points · 7 years ago

That must have been a very bizarre scene.

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0 points · 7 years ago

I feel like we could use an /r/LAWTF for stories like this.

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[deleted]
18 points · 7 years ago

but to be honest, isn't LA just a big WTF?

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I must point out that the Valley is also batshit insane.

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Most of the Valley is still LA.

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2 points · 7 years ago

Can we get a r/FloridaWTF first?

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We do know however he's got 2 skateboards and some acne scars!

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Original Poster2 points · 7 years ago

It's the LATimes, not the best source for quality journalism. They even had one of their reporters witness the actual event, and it's still poorly written.

I love how the first time they mention the victim's name, they assume we know who he is.

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Los Feliz7 points · 7 years ago

The LA Times reporter who witnessed it covers music, he's not a news journalist.

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Silver Lake14 points · 7 years ago
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Mid-Wilshire1 point · 7 years ago

"Stakeboarder" was an unfortunate accidental pun.

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14 points · 7 years ago

If you killed a man in self defense, would you REALLY trust the judicial system here to exonerate you? Please.

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Mid-Wilshire4 points · 7 years ago

If a guy was flailing around at you, would you REALLY stab him in defense?

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Especially if you already clocked him in the face with a skateboard. That likely would have been enough if the "attacker" wasn't strung out on drugs.

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Van Down by the L.A. River2 points · 7 years ago

Its pretty thick clear that homeless people in the Hollywood area are mentally ill.

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2 points · 7 years ago

The mentally ill are usually the least violent in society.

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Van Down by the L.A. River1 point · 7 years ago

Sure, I'm not saying they're violent all the time, however dealing with someone with psychosis or others whom are mentally ill during an episode can be a dangerous situation, especially in public.

Most people; including peace officers, aren't equipped to deal with the former in high pressure situations. The recent incident out in Fullerton is a good example of that.

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1 point · 7 years ago

If it was really self defense, yes. In this case, it wasn't really self defense, so no.

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5 points · 7 years ago

And you base that conclusion on what everyone agrees is a poorly written newspaper account?

If I was trapped in a subway car where I couldn't get away, and some nutcase is threatening and swinging a chain at me, I might do whatever I had to do to stop him.

The fact that strangers were helping him escape suggests that bystanders agreed.

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3 points · 7 years ago

There are more articles than this one, and witnesses state the victim was "flailing a chain attached to a jacket or bag. He wasn't hitting [the young man], he wasn't punching or fighting, he was waving his arms in a really fast motion". The attacker then first hit him in the head with a skateboard and then stabbed him. The guy was virtually unarmed, and doesn't sound like much of a threat. The other passengers also don't seem convinced this was a self defense stabbing either, and they witnessed it. Two bystanders helped advise him to run, and event the other witnesses thought was really sad. I'm not going to say he is 100% guilty, but he really doesn't sound like someone I would want to be on a train with. This doesn't sound very much like legitimate self defense. If I had to guess, the attacker was either drunk or high and overreacted because of that. Neither person involved sounds like they were in a right state of mind.

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West Hollywood2 points · 7 years ago

It just seems like he used way too much force. Swinging a chain, okay, but the article says that he hit the guy with the skateboard first anyway.

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0 points · 7 years ago

No.... it's pretty clear he hit him in the head after the guy started swinging a chain.

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West Hollywood2 points · 7 years ago

I meant before he stabbed the guy. Like, was hitting the head not enough?

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