A mob of 40 to 60 youths invaded the Oakland BART train station Saturday night, robbing and beating surprised passengers.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
According to a police officials, witnesses said 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.
The juveniles “committed multiple strong-arm robberies of bags and cell phones,” said a police summary prepared after the incident. “At least two victims suffered head/facial injuries requiring medical attention.”
Alicia Trost, a BART spokeswoman, said Monday that seven robberies had occurred — with victims losing a purse, a duffel bag and five phones. Six people were robbed inside the train car, with a seventh confronted on the platform, she said.
The attack was quick, police reported, and the teenagers were able to retreat from the station and vanish into the surrounding East Oakland neighborhood before BART officers could respond. The train that was hit was held for about 15 minutes as authorities investigated the crime and tended to the injured.
Oakland Crime Rate Report (California)
Oakland crime statistics report an overall upward trend in crime based on data from 14 years with violent crime increasing and property crime decreasing. Based on this trend, the crime rate in Oakland for 2017 is expected to be higher than in 2012.
The city violent crime rate for Oakland in 2012 was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 415.23% and the city property crime rate in Oakland was higher than the national property crime rate average by 132.27%.
In 2012 the city violent crime rate in Oakland was higher than the violent crime rate in California by 371.15% and the city property crime rate in Oakland was higher than the property crime rate in California by 140.73%.