BART Announces Arrests in Unprovoked Attacks on Trains
(BayAreaNewsTalk.com) – BART officials announced today a man has been arrested in connection with two unprovoked attacks on the transit agency’s trains in the past week.
BART held a media briefing at 6 a.m. today to release images of the suspect taken by surveillance cameras on trains, then arrested him hours later.
The first attack was reported around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, when a male victim was seated on a train at the Bay Fair station and the suspect hit him in the head with a metal object, according to BART police.
The suspect also punched and kicked the victim, who fled from the train and ran out of the station, police said. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.
Then around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the same suspect was on a San Francisco-bound train approaching the Embarcadero station. He approached a man on the train and allegedly struck him twice in the face with a closed
fist, then fled, according to police.
The victim was treated at the scene for injuries from the attack.
BART officials in late June finished installing cameras on all 669 of its train cars after it was revealed in January 2016, following a fatal shooting on a train at the West Oakland station, that many cameras on the trains were decoys.
The agency plans on releasing more information about today’s arrest at a media briefing scheduled for 11:30 a.m.