Man Arrested For Allegedly Leaving Firebombs at Metro Station


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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A man who allegedly left Molotov cocktail-type devices at a subway station in Los Angeles was in custody today, authorities said.

Frederick Brown, 50, was arrested Monday and booked on suspicion of possession of multiple destructive devices, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Brown was being held without bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

He was detained at the MacArthur Park Red Line station near Sixth and Alvarado streets. Officials said Brown, who reportedly is homeless, was suspected of leaving three homemade devices containing liquid that had the odor of gasoline on the Red Line station platform at Vermont and Santa Monica Boulevard last Friday.

“We thank and congratulate LAPD for working closely with Metro personnel and contract security to foil this grave threat as well as to quickly investigate and apprehend a suspect,'' Metro officials said. “It is proof that, working together, our safety and security partner team can successfully thwart a potentially dangerous incident on the transit system.

“This incident serves as a stark reminder that we all must continue to be hyper-vigilant in observing and reporting suspicious activity whenever and wherever we see it on the Metro system,'' the statement continued. “Our customers play a key role in this partnership. If you see something, say something.''

Transit riders were urged to report suspicious activities by calling Transit Watch at 888-950-SAFE, or by using Metro's Transit Watch App available on iPhone and Android platforms.

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