Homicide at Fruitvale BART station

February 20, 2009 12:53:50 PM PST
An 18-year-old man is dead and another man is in custody after what Bay Area Rapid Transit authorities today are calling an armed robbery gone bad in the parking lot of the Fruitvale BART station Thursday night.

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The incident started when the two suspects approached a 23-year-old man at about 9:30 p.m. in a parking lot of the Fruitvale station at 3401 E. 12th St., according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson.

BART police say one of the two suspects displayed a knife, while the other claimed to have a gun, and they allegedly took property from the victim.

The victim managed to grab the knife from one of the suspects and used it to stab one of the men in what appears to be a self-defense move, according to police.

The suspects fled on foot, while the victim immediately reported the robbery to Oakland police. Shortly afterward, a report of a stabbing was received from a home near the Fruitvale station.

The suspect who was stabbed died at the home, while Oakland police arrested the second suspect, who was also at the home. BART officials said the second suspect had evidence of the robbery with him, but was not armed when he was located by police.

The BART Police Department is asking any witnesses to call its Criminal Investigations Section at (877) 679-7000, Ext. 7040.

Johnson said that no further information, including the names of the suspects, was immediately available.

A fatal shooting also happened Thursday night near the Daly City BART station, although Johnson said BART police are not involved in the case because it did not happen on their property.

The shooting, which left one man dead and injured two others, took place on John Daly Boulevard near the entrance to the BART station at about 7:10 p.m.

A 21-year-old man in a gold Buick was shot multiple times and pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital, Daly City police said. Two of the other three people in the car suffered gunshot wounds that were not considered to be life threatening, according to police.

Police released a rough description this morning of two suspects who allegedly fired into the vehicle, which had four men inside.

Both suspects are described as men in their mid 20s, one of whom is about 5 feet tall with a slight build and was wearing a gray sweatshirt, a dark wool cap with a short bill, and blue jeans.

The other suspect is described as having collar-length black curly hair and was wearing a baseball cap, police said.

The suspects were last seen fleeing on northbound Interstate Highway 280 from John Daly Boulevard in a silver or gray newer hatchback, possibly a Honda, according to police.

Police are investigating a motive for the shootings. "The victims do not appear to be involved in gangs or drugs," said Lt. Jay Morena, who added that road rage does not appear to be a factor.

Morena said that given the time and location of the shooting, there were likely hundreds of commuters in the area and police are urging witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Daly City police Detective Gregg Oglesby at (650) 991-8172 or Detective Frank Mangan at (650) 991-8147.

The shooting marked the first homicide in the city this year.

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