A specific threat against an L.A. rail line has caused security to be heightened. The Red Line in L.A. runs from downtown Los Angeles to the north- and includes Hollywood and North Hollywood. Authorities heightened security after receiving information from a foreign law enforcement agency that a specific threat had been made for Tuesday on that line.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told reported that the threat was imminent and specific, but that it had not been vetted for credibility. Officials aren’t taking any chances. They have increased security along the route, including K9s patrolling the stations.
“Information was relayed this morning to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force from our international partners that there was a potential threat from an anonymous phone call that was made on a public safety line.” Deirdre Fike, Assistant FBI Director of Los Angeles Office
Law enforcement officials at the news conference said the threat had been relayed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by a law enforcement agency in another country, where the threat had originated. Officials did not identify the country.
The male caller, speaking in English, had warned authorities in that country of an attack against a Red Line station across the street from the Universal Studios theme park on Tuesday, Beck said.
The caller did not threaten to carry out the attack but said he was alerting law enforcement.
Officials were quick to step up security, taking no chances that the threat might be a hoax.
“You will see additional measures but they are out of an abundance of caution.” Chief Beck
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was boarding the train today at Universal City as a show of confidence that everything is fine. He’ll probably get away with that, but telling the world where you will be and when is foolish for a public official in this day and age. He needs to rethink his method of encouraging his constituents.
“Everybody should go about their normal day … People may see heightened security … But don’t let those (additional officers) frighten you.” Mayor Garcetti