With a terrorism threat in Los Angeles, The FBI, LAPD, and Sheriff’s Department was visible across the Los Angeles County transit system dealing with what has been characterized as an imminent threat of unknown credibility following a report from an overseas tip line. The reaction comes following a report of a possible terrorist attack on the Metro Red Line’s Universal City station.
The tip came from an anonymous man warning of a potential attack on Tuesday. The tip information was given on a tip line abroad, according to officials. The tip line was run by an unidentified foreign government. Deirdre Fike, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s office in Los Angeles declined to reveal from which country the tip originated. She said the tip was delivered in English.
The FBI and Los Angeles-area law enforcement leaders held a hastily organized news conference last night and said the threat was considered specific and imminent.
Beginning early today bomb squad teams, along with their K-9’s have combed the station as well as other areas of the transit systems.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, speaking at Universal City Metro station, pledged to the public that law enforcement was prepared and asked residents to be vigilant. He said, “The eyes and ears of the people of Los Angeles are the most important force multiplier we have. Please go about your business today.”