Man Beaten Unconscious At Willow Blue Line Platform
A 31 year-old man was beaten unconscious and robbed last night on the platform at the the Willow Ave. Blue Line station in Long Beach. The incident was a robbery gone awry that went unreported to police for at least ten minutes.
According to L.A. County Sheriff Department's Transportation Services Bureau, the attack occurred sometime between 7:06PM and 7:15PM when the victim attempted to thwart two suspects from stealing his bicycle. Logs show that police received a call regarding assualt with deadly weapon at 7:26PM. Long Beach Police Department officers were first on the scene with LASD arriving soon after.
The victim, who is only being identified as a 31 year-old male, was discovered laying near the end of the platform where he had blacked out and was possibly having seizures. He was transported to a local hospital where his injuries were determined to be non life-threatening.
"The victim was waiting with his bicycle on the platform and as he waited, Suspect 1 approached...and grabbed the victim's bike," said LASD Sgt. Paul Valle, reading from the police report. "The suspect started to walk off platform, but the victim attempted to grab the bike back. Suspect 1 called for Suspect 2 [and they] began hitting victim multiple times over body and head."
During the beating, the victim fell to ground, dropping his cell phone. The suspects, who are described as two black males about six-feet tall weighing 210 pounds, stole the victim's cell phone and fled the scene before police arrived.
This is the second violent crime to occurr on the Long Beach segment of the Blue Line train since November when a 19 year-old was shot on the train as it sat at the 5th St. station. At the time, Rick Jager of Metro said he could not remember the last time someone was shot on a Metro train.
"It doesn't happen very often," he said.