OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Two teenage boys have been arrested for allegedly spraying a BART passenger with pepper spray and attempting to steal his backpack, authorities said.
Officials said the alleged robbery attempt occurred Thursday as a BART train approached the West Oakland Station around 2 p.m.READ MORE: FDA to Consider Pfizer Application for COVID Booster Shots on Friday
Investigators told the East Bay Times that the victim was a 61-year-old San Francisco man.
During the confrontation the 15-year-old suspect pepper sprayed the man. But the suspects were unable to get his backpack and fled from the train when it stopped at the station.READ MORE: Infamous North Bay Killer Johnny Lee Sommerhalder Denied Parole
BART police arrested one of the suspects in the station parking lot. The other was taken into custody a few blocks away.
Both the 15-year-old and the 16-year-old were from Oakland. They were arrested for attempted robbery of a public transportation passenger, conspiracy to commit a crime and no proof of payment.MORE NEWS: Feds: 'Head of the Snake' Taken Down In Nuestra Familia Prison Gang Bust
BART spokesman Chris Filippi told the newspaper that the victim was taken to a hospital to get treatment for skin irritation.