3 Injured in Stabbing Attack at BART Station in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE (CBS SF) — The Lafayette BART station re-opened and trains were making scheduled stops, after an hours-long midday closure Sunday in the wake of a stabbing attack that injured three people.

Two victims were taken to the hospital, a BART spokesman said.

Around 9:45 a.m., a man approached a BART patron on the Lafayette platform and, according to witnesses, tried to steal the 20-year-old patron’s backpack, BART spokesman Taylor Huckaby said in a statement.

When the man refused, the suspect produced a knife, according to Huckaby.

What transpired next is unclear but the 20-year-old victim sustained a minor head injury, Huckaby said. Another victim, a 19-year-old man, sustained a hand injury and both were taken to John Muir Medical Center for injuries not considered life-threatening, Huckaby said.

It is unclear whether the two victims know each other or have any relationship with the attacker, Huckaby said. Witnesses reported a third injured person, but that patron left before police arrived, according to Huckaby.

The spokesman said there is no indication of any further threat to passengers because of the incident.

The suspect, an unshaven white man with short blond hair, between the ages of 30 and 40, was last seen wearing a green army jacket and black backpack, Huckaby said. He fled on foot, according to Huckaby.

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