A large group of teenagers reportedly robbed passengers at an Oakland train station, mobbing the train carriages so their victims couldn’t escape.
This incident at Coliseum Station appears to have been highly organized, with the youths working in coordination. Two people sustained head injuries and others were robbed of electronics and various possessions.
While the police were unable to arrive in time to stop the swift crime, they and the station will be co-operating to find the perpetrators. “We are in the process of pulling all surveillance video and we will share with Oakland police, Oakland Unified School District and Oakland Housing Authority to see if they can help identify the minors,” said transit representative Alicia Trost, “We have had success with sharing images of juveniles with this group and identifying and making arrests in the past.”
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Witnesses claim that approximately 40 to 60 juveniles swarmed the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station and circumvented the payment process by jumping over the fare gates. After arriving to the second-story platform, the thieves manually held open the doors to the train car while other miscreants flooded in, according to SFGATE.
The youthful perpetrators reportedly accosted the transit riders, robbing and even beating them if they did not succumb to their demands. Items said to be stolen included a duffel bag, a purse, and five phones.
This is only the most recent in a series of recent robberies on BART trains, though it was the most organized attack so far.