VIOLENCE ON BART
This morning I witnessed an unprovoked attack on a lady on the Pittsburg/Baypoint line @
19th street. A crazed black woman boarded the train and began screaming insults and
death threats at the lady before striking her in the face several times. I was sitting at the
opposit end of the car and although a number of people stood up from their seats it did
not appear anyone tried to help.
The victim got up from her seat and made her way to the end of the car where I was sitting.
When her attacker attempted to follow her path was blocked by a gentleman who stood in
the isle; by this time the train was arriving at MacArthur and the t/o had summoned the police.
The attacker ran from the train as soon as the doors opened, still shouting death threats.
We sat in the station for about 10 mins before a policeman arrived. He told the lady his partner
was holding someone downstairs who matched her attacker's description, but she was reluctant
press charges or even provide an identification.
I am seriously thinking about giving up on BART. I think the number of seriously crazy
people and the resulting police actions are increasing; I don't blame the lady for not
wanting further involvement as this lunatic, even if arrested, would probably be back on the
streets and in the station in 72 hrs. While I'm certainly capable of protecting myself this
sort of mad-dog attack on someone quietly working a crossword puzzle is beyond tolerence.