BART police share images of suspect in train assault

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BART police have released surveillance-camera images of a suspect who investigators say attacked a male rider with a chain without provocation earlier this week.

Bay Area Rapid Transit officials released one of two images Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 of a suspect sought in connection with an assault aboard a Daly City-bound train Feb. 11 at the Lake Merritt BART station. (Courtesy BART)

According to police, the suspect boarded a Daly City-bound train at the system’s Coliseum station and spoke with a female rider already on board. Moments later, the male rider boarded the train at the Fruitvale station and began talking to the female and the suspect.

Suddenly, the suspect hit the male rider in the face, sparking a fight that ended with the chain attack, followed by the suspect leaving the train at the Lake Merritt station.

BART spokesman James Allison had said the attack happened after the suspect asked the victim for directions.

The victim was punched and also struck with what may have been a bicycle lock, officials said. A witness told police the attack was unprovoked, Allison said.

Police had described the suspect as a white man in his 30s who was wearing a white t-shirt, black sweatpants and a beanie, and also carrying two plastic bags.

Anyone with information should call BART police at 510-464-7040 or anonymously at 510-464-7011.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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