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    Police In South Pasadena Say Gold Line May Be ‘Conduit For Criminals,’ But Metro Disagrees
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    Police In South Pasadena Say Gold Line May Be ‘Conduit For Criminals,’ But Metro Disagrees

    November 12, 2019


    GETTING INTO THE UBER, CABAN IS NOW SUING HIM. PAT: CRIME ON THE MOVE, CBS2’S PETER DAUT SHOWS US WHY SOME ARE ON EN AS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION EXPANDS IN THE SOUTHLAND. Reporter: NEARLY OF DAY, ROUGHLY 45,000 PEOPLE RIDE THE METRO GOAL LINE. — GOAL LINE, IT RUNS 20 MILES FROM EAST L.A. TO PASADENA SERVING 21 STATIONS, AND NEXT YEAR IT WILL EXTEND ANOTHER 12 MILES TO MONTCLAIR. BUT BEFORE THAT HAPPENS THIS WOMAN FROM SOUTH PASADENA, WHO DID NOT WANT TO SHOW HER FACE HAS A WARNING. SOMETHING BAD COULD HAPPEN, I FOUND THAT OUT THE HARD WAY. Reporter: 83-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER SAID IN 2012, A MAN GOT OFF OF THE GOLD LINE, WANDERED INTO HER NEIGHBORHOOD AND BROKE INTO HER HOME, HE ROBBED AND BRUTALY ATTACKED HER. HE KEPT CALLING ME NAME, AND HITTING ME, AND I KEPT THINKING TO MYSELF, HOW MANY TIMES CAN A PERSON BE HIT IN THE HEAD BEFORE THEY GO UNCONSCIOUS. Reporter: HER GRANDCHILDREN ARRIVED AND THE ATTACKER TOOK OFF. HERE IS WHAT SHE LOOK LIKE IN THE HOSPITAL THAT DAY AFTER SUFFERING A CONCUSSION, BROKEN NOSE AND PERFORATED EARDRUMS, THEY ARRESTED JOHNSON WHO WAS RUNNING TO GET BACK ON THE GOAL. IT IS EASY TO TROLL WHEN THEY ARE GIVE THAN OPPORTUNITY. Reporter: POLICE SAY IT HAS BECOME A CONDUIT FOR CRIMINALS. THIS CASE RIGHT NOW THEY ARE TAKING A TRAIN, WE HAD A HUGE INCREASE OF CRIME NEAR THE GOLD LINE STATION, AND GENERAL AREA. Reporter: THE PROBLEM HASEK PLEXPLODED BECAUSE OF DROP SIG 7 THAT DOWNGRADED MANY CRIMES, SOUTH PASADENA AND LARGER PASADENA HAVE SEEN DOUBLE DIGIT INCREASES IN BUGLARIES, ROBBERIES COULD AND VEHICLE ROBBERIES, EASY ACCESS TO THE GOLD LINE GIVES EASY ACCESS ON THE CRIMINALS. WE WERE WITH POLICE WHEN THEY ARRESTED THIS MAN, THEY SAID JUST STOLEN EXPENSIVE BABY FORMULA, AND COFFEE, THEY FOUND THE MAN ON THE WAY TO THE GOLD LINE. WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN HOW DID YOU GET HERE? POLICE ARRESTED HIM ON OUT OUTSTANDS WARRANTS FOR DRUG POSSESSION. METRO OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS NO DATA THAT SHOWS THERE THAT BEEN A INCREASE IN CRIME. THIS IS NOT A UNSAFE COMMUNITY. THERE IS NO NOTHING THAT COULD SUPPORT AN ALLEGATION THAT METRO GOLD LIONBRIDGES CRIMINALS IN SOUTH PASADENA. Reporter: DESPITE WHAT POLICE SAY, METRO SAID THAT FEDERAL DATA SAID CRIME HAS GONE DOWN NEAR THE SOUTH PASADENA STATION. Reporter: THESE ARE AMOMLIES? I CAN’T TELL YOU IF THEY ARER NOT. Reporter: COMMUNITIES LIKE AZUSA ARE EMADDRESSING IT AND HELD A — ARE EMBRACING IT AND HELD A DEDICATION CEREMONY. RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION, CUTS DOWN ON TRAFFIC AND LEADS TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING IN SOUTH PASADENA WHERE NUMEROUS SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS HAVE GONE UP NEAR THE STATION, BUT THE GRANDMOTHER NEAR THE STATION SAID THAT THE GOLD LINE ALSO AS A DARK SIDE THAT PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE OF. JUST BE CAREFUL, AND CAUTIOUS. Reporter: PETER DAUT, CBS2. PAT: THAT SUSPECT INVOLVED IN THAT ASH A ATTACK IS STILL AWAITING TRIAL, METRO SAID THAT POLICE SHOULD FOCUS FRUSTRATION