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Monday, January 11, 2016

It Was a Disturbing Weekend for Public Transportation in the Bay Area

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 1:38 PM

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It was an atypically grisly weekend for public transit around the Bay.

On Saturday evening, a BART passenger was shot dead on a train near the West Oakland station — a shooting whose chaotic aftermath was captured on cell phones and shared via social media. The train was en route to San Francisco at the time. 

Then, early this morning, the downtown Berkeley BART station closed briefly after crews discovered the severed right foot of a woman who’d been struck, but not killed, by a train 22 days earlier in December. (The macabre find was “an unusual start to the work week,” a BART spokesman told ABC News.)

And, closer to home, the San Francisco Police Department reports that a 14-year-old boy aboard a Muni bus at Park Presidio and Geary had a knife pulled on him. Around 9:10 p.m. on Saturday night, the boy told another passenger, a twentysomething man, to quiet down. (An unruly fellow passenger on Muni? Surely you jest.)

According to Kron 4, the man approached the boy, put a knife to his chest, and demanded his shoes. He then stuck the knife to the boy’s throat and demanded his cellphone. The boy handed over his phone but not his shoes.

The suspect remains at large, as does the suspect in the fatal BART shooting near West Oakland station. That man is described as “slim, 6 feet 3 inches tall, black, wearing a green hooded jacket, blue jeans, and red and black boxer shorts. He was also wearing tan military-style boots and a backpack."

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