Digest: Suspect arrested in fatal LA Metro stabbing

News Wire Digest second section for Oct. 20: Man convicted of assault, not guilty of attempted murder in shooting of Vancouver transit officer; survey finds 24% of New York transit workers contracted COVID-19
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More Tuesday morning rail news:

Suspect arrested in stabbing death of LA Metro rail employee

Police have arrested a suspect in Friday’s stabbing death of an LA Metro rail employee at a downtown Los Angeles subway station. The Los Angeles Daily News reports Irma Monroy, 25, was booked on suspicion of murder and held in lieu of $2 million bail. A knife which may have been used in the murder and a bicycle reportedly used to leave the scene were recovered at the time of her arrest. The victim, a man in his 50s, was stabbed multiple times in the chest in the Friday incident at the 7th Street/Metro Center station and died at LA County/USC Medical center later that night [see “Digest: Suspect sought in stabbing death of LA Metro employee,” Trains News Wire, Oct. 19, 2020]. The victim’s name has not yet been released.

Man not guilty of attempted murder, convicted of lesser charges in shooting of Vancouver transit police officer
A man who shot a Vancouver, British Columbia, transit policeman last year has been convicted of aggravated assault and three other charges, but was found not guilty of attempted murder. The CBC reports 37-year-old Daon Gordon Glasgow was also convicted of firing a gun with the intention of endangering a life, reckless discharge of a firearm, and possessing a gun without a license for the Jan. 30, 2019, incident in which Constable Josh Harms was shot twice, once in the right arm and once in the left hand. Judge Peder Gulbransen wrote that the case for attempted murder was based on circumstantial evidence.

Study suggests a quarter of MTA workers caught virus, mostly at work
Nearly a quarter of New York City transit workers contracted the COVID-19 virus, and most were likely to have caught it at work, according to a New York University study. The New York Daily News reports preliminary results of the survey found 24% of those who returned surveys reported a positive coronavirus or antibody test. And the majority of those who caught the virus lived in areas with low infection rates, meaning they were likely to have caught it on the job. The team led by NYU epidemiologist Robyn Gershon is seeking a grant from the National Institute of Health to follow long-term mental health impact of the virus on the transit workers.

 

 

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