The FBI is investigating an ‘imminent threat’ against Los Angeles Metro rail stations. The threat specifically mentioned the Metro Red Line’s Universal City station and law enforcement sources are saying it also mentioned an imminent bombing plot for December 6th, 2016.
According to the FBI, an anonymous man from overseas warned of a potential attack on Tuesday and provided the information on a terrorism tip line. The tip line was run by an unidentified foreign government, which relayed the information Monday morning to an FBI terrorism task force.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said that area law enforcement reviews threats “constantly” but that this particular incident was “very specific” and forced a rapid response.
“We don’t have the time to vet this threat in the way we would like,” Beck said. “This one we had to move quickly on.”
The FBI, the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments say they are increasing security at all transit stations throughout Los Angeles as a precaution. Specific details about the nature of the threat were not released.
Authorities say they are acting out of “an abundance of caution” and have stressed the threat is “non-corroborated.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell is urging “people to always be vigilant as they go about their daily routine.”
“We’ve been running this to ground all day long,” he said. “This could be real; it could be a hoax. But we must remain calm but vigilant. And we’re asking the public to take the same precautions they would take on any other day. And we ask that people always be vigilant as they go about their daily routines.
As far as actions we’re taking, what you don’t see is just as important as what you will see. You will see … an increased uniformed presence especially at transit stations where we also deploy our K-9 explosive detection teams. We’ll have undercover operations under way as well.”