Oakland Police have released photos of a woman suspected in a bizarre attempted robbery with menacing note aboard a Bart train.
Julie Dragland told police, she boarded a train in Daly City and was heading home to Dublin when a woman in dark clothing climbed onto the train in downtown San Francisco. She sat down in the seat behind her and passed her a menacing note instructing her to hand over her wallet and phone because there were two guns pointed at her.
The note read: “There are two guns pointed at you now. If you want to live, hand back your wallet plus phone now plus do not turn around and be discreet. Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center plus you will live.”
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Bart Police Deputy Chief Lance Haight said the video from the security camera shows the woman was seated behind the victim, who was sitting alone. The alleged robber, who was also alone, is then seen reaching over the victim’s shoulder, which is when the suspect may have dropped the note, officer Haight said.
Julie Dragland immediately pretended she was having a seizure. In response, the suspect disembarked at the Powell Street Bart station.
Dragland said she was shaken up and will no longer sit on a Bart train seat with its back to other chairs behind it. However, she won’t let the frightening encounter stop her from riding Bart trains.
Julie Dragland doesn’t plan to press any charges if the suspect is caught. There is no indication from the video the suspect was armed with any weapons. NBC Bay Area reported.
Bart police are investigating the alleged crime and poring over surveillance footage. Although there were roughly 15 people in the Bart train car and no one else reported the incident, police reported.
Police are asking the public’s help in locating the woman in the photo, who matches the victim’s description. Anyone with any information should contact BART Police at 510-464-7040.