First juvenile suspect arrested for flash mob robbery on BART train

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SAN FRANCISCO – BART police have made the first arrest in connection with a violent mob-style robbery carried out by dozens of juveniles at a Coliseum Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train station last Saturday.

According to police officials, a group of 40 to 60 teenagers stormed the Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train and robbed several passengers, beating up and injuring at least two.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost told CBS reporters that the arrest took place Friday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., but did not provide further information surrounding the arrest or where the suspect lives because he is a minor.

Several other warrants are pending and more are expected to be obtained next week, Trost said.

Acting deputy chief for the BART Police Department Terence McCarty announced Friday, “We were successful in arresting one of the perpetrators today,” adding that the train’s surveillance video played a crucial role in identifying the first suspect. “We got some really clear, quality images,” he said.

Police have not released the surveillance images because the majority of the suspects are juveniles.

McCarty vowed that all individuals involved in the violent robbery will be identified and brought to justice.

The arrest happened one day after the department declared a rare state of emergency, in response to a 22-percent spike in robberies and other crimes on BART over the past year. BART patrols officers will be required to work one extra day per week and not allowed to take discretionary time off, reports KPIX 5.

BART patrols officers are now required to work one extra day per week and will not be allowed to take discretionary time off, reports KPIX 5.



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