On Tuesday, Los Angeles authorities and federal officials were alerted by an intelligence agency from another country regarding a “specific” threat against L.A.’s Red Line commuter rail system. In response, security has been increased and the public has been alerted. “This threat is imminent, … it is very specific,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told news outlets. “But the credibility still needs to be vetted.”
The country of the threat’s origin, as well as the foreign intelligence agency, has not been identified. The only information known is that an English-speaking male caller phoned into the foreign authorities to claim there was an attack being plotted against a Red Line station across the street from the Universal Studios theme park. The caller himself was not the one who issued the threat; he only called in a warning that it was imminent.
Exempting the hours of 2-4am, the Red Line rail system carries 45,000 passengers throughout the day between downtown Los Angeles and northern neighborhoods, including Hollywood and North Hollywood.
“You will see additional measures but they are out of an abundance of caution,” Beck said in regards to law enforcement pumping up security at the Universal City/Studio City station.
“Everybody should go about their normal day tomorrow,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said, who will board the train at the Universal City station on Tuesday as a show of confidence. “People may see heightened security … But don’t let those (additional officers) frighten you.”
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