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Brutal Attack At Redwood City Caltrain Platform Leaves Man In Critical Condition

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Aerial view of stopped Caltrain at the Redwood City station Tuesday after the train hit a pedestrian. (CBS)

Aerial view of stopped Caltrain at the Redwood City station Tuesday after the train hit a pedestrian. (CBS)

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REDWOOD CITY (BCN/CBS/KCBS) — Officers amplified security at Caltrain’s Redwood City station Saturday after about a dozen assailants attacked a man at the station on Friday, a spokeswoman said.

A group of 9 to 15 assailants attacked a 47-year-old man waiting for the Caltrain at Redwood City’s southbound platform Friday evening  in an attempt to rob him, at about 7:30 p.m. according the transit system’s spokeswoman Christine Dunn.

The man, who was waiting for a southbound train, was beaten and left on the ground after the attack. No weapons were seen during the scuffle, Dunn said.

The victim, a San Jose resident, remains in the hospital in critical condition after the violent attack.  He was still in critical condition as of 6:20 p.m. Saturday evening, Dunn said.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Officers were interviewing witnesses and it’s unclear at this point if the attack was captured on security video.

Given the severity of the mauling, investigators from Caltrain police are now “aggressively” following leads into the possible whereabouts of the suspects, including reports of a white compact car seen leaving the station, Dunn said.

Despite the incident, Dunn said passengers shouldn’t be concerned about their personal safety.

“It’s really outside the norm in our experience. People who are waiting for Caltrain have every reason to feel safe and comfortable while they’re at stations,” said Dunn.

She was not able to discuss the nature of the victim’s injuries , but said police are asking for the public’s help in the case.

Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to call Detective Victor Lopez at (650) 622-8048.

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