Search continues for Fruitvale BART stabbing suspect, passengers uneasy

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Police are still looking for the suspect responsible for stabbing another person onboard a train at Fruitvale BART Station on Friday afternoon.

Officials released photos of the suspect from surveillance footage.

The suspect got in a fight with another man on a Richmond-bound train, according to authorities. The suspect then stabbed the man and ran away from the station. 

BART Police describe the suspect as a black man, early to mid-30s, between five-foot-six-inches and five-foot-eight-inches tall, with a slender build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing an army green colored jacket and blue jeans. He was said to be holding a light green backpack and a black duffel bag. 

At this time, the victim is reportedly in stable condition after suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.

During an investigation on Friday, police shut down the Fruitvale station to scan the area.

However, violence is not an uncommon thing that happens at BART over the years which makes passengers uneasy.

“It’s just not safe. It’s not safe. I’ve had issues on BART where homeless people tried to come at me you know,” Tanya Joseph, a BART rider, said. “You get on there, you don’t know what is going to happen. You could be minding your own business one minute and the next you are being attacked.”

“It’s shocking and scary because I ride BART daily to go to work and school, but a lot of people will say you know we need more security, more vigilance but people also have the responsibility to report it,” Esteban Serrano, another BART rider, said.

A survey that came out earlier this year showed that passengers two biggest concerns were cleanliness and violence.

If you have information about the suspect or incident, you are asked to contact BART Police at (510) 464-7000. 

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