AZUSA – Xuezhong Bao (62) took the last ride of his life on November 27, 2018, when he was stabbed to death on the Gold Line commuter train from Azusa to Irwindale. “A 52-year-old man pleaded guilty today (1/8/20) to murdering a commuter on a Gold Line Metro train,” the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
As the train headed westbound along the scenic San Gabriel Valley foothills from Azusa to Irwindale, Bao was stabbed by Peter Muñoz (dob 3/6/67). 52-year-old Muñoz exited the train upon arrival at the Duarte station, where he was contacted and arrested by police.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated Case GA104722.
Deputy District Attorney Vanessa Alfaro said, “Peter Muñoz entered the plea to one felony count of first-degree murder. He also admitted to personally using a knife during the commission of the murder.”
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Villalobos immediately sentenced Muñoz to 26 years to life in state prison.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Her staff of nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members is dedicated to protecting the community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims’ rights.