Written by AARON CASTREJON
MONTEBELLO - The man accused of brutally attacking two people, leaving one in a weeks-long coma, at a Metrolink station was identified, authorities said.
Thomas Ward, who is currently jailed by another agency on an unrelated burglary charge, was positively identified with the help of surveillance snapshots and several witnesses to the attack, according to the Montebello Police Department.
Two men were attacked on the platform of the Montebello/Commerce Metrolink Station, 2000 Flotilla Ave., August 10, 2020 just after 10:30 a.m. A man, who police say is Ward, used a flashlight to assault the men who were waiting for an arriving bus, Montebello Police said.
“One of the victims fell to the ground at which time the suspect began to kick him in the head several times. As a result of the victim’s injuries, he was placed into a coma for several weeks in critical condition,” Montebello Police said in a written statement.
Still images taken from security cameras, which recorded the attack, were used by Montebello detectives and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office investigators to help identify Ward.
Ward, a 29-year-old Los Angeles transient, will be charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of attempted murder, Montebello Police said.
A motive for the attack is unknown.