3 people dead in a non-related attack on the Bay Area Rapid Transit stations in 5 days

Lahtifa Wilson, 26, stabbing victim hit her wound outside a MacArthur BART station a day after her sister was killed in an attack.


Three people died in unrelated attacks on the Bay Area Rapid Transit Stations in the span of one week, authorities said.

The BART Police said Monday that they arrested John Cowell, 27, a paroled felon accused of attacking two sisters with a knife at the MacArthur station in downtown Oakland on Sunday night.

The stabbing victims were identified as Nia Wilson, 18, who died from her injuries, and her sister, Lahtifa Wilson, 26.

John Cowell was taken into custody on Monday in connection with a stabbing attack on a BART station that a person dead.

(Bay Area Rapid Transit, via AP)

Cowell was identified by BART riders after his photo was distributed. He was seen on surveillance video wearing a white and gray sweater and carrying a backpack.

Surveillance video on the train and on the station platform showed Cowell attacking Nia Wilson and her group. Images showed the suspect fleeing the station through a car park and stripping off his clothes.


Cowell was held without bail “on charges of first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon and robbery,” court records stated.

Chief Carlos Rojas said that it was not immediately clear the reason for the stitches to fall.


BART police chief Carlos Rojas said it was not immediately clear what the reason for the attack was.

“We have no facts that suggest that he is affiliated with a white supremacist group, we are going to explore all options,” Rojas said at a news conference on Monday night. Cowell is white and Nia Wilson was black.

“It was, in my nearly 30 years of police experience, probably one of the most vicious attacks I’ve seen,” Rojas said.

The stabbing attack came a day after Don Stevens, 47, was found unconscious at the BayFair station platform, the Sacramento Bee reported. Surveillance video showed a man punching Stevens in the head before he collapsed. He was transported to a hospital, where he died from head injuries on Sunday. The police still no arrests in connection with Stevens’ death.


A makeshift memorial was for Nia Wilson, who was killed in a stabbing attack on Sunday, July 22, 2018.


On 18 July, Gerald Bisbee, 51, was attacked at the Pleasant Hill BART station, The New York Times reported. He died of an infection through a small cut on his knee that he suffered in the attack. A suspect, Abdul Bey, 20, was arrested in connection with the attack.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost focused on the death in a statement to The New York Times.

“A week we can two million people, and are very safe, but what happens in our community bleeds into our system and we have to deal with that, too,” said Trost.

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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