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Young Woman Dies in 'Random' Oakland BART Stabbing

Sister Wounded In Attack

KCBS Radio Morning News
July 23, 2018 - 6:55 am

OAKLAND (KCBS Radio) -- BART's MacArthur station in Oakland re-opened on Monday morning, hours after a seemingly random attack on two passengers left a young woman dead and her sister hospitalized.

Nia Wilson, 18, was getting off  the second car of a six-car Warm Springs-bound train Sunday night when the attack occurred.

Oakland Police have described the attack as apparently random in nature. 

On Monday morning, BART spokesman Jim Allison said, "Police have train video and station video and other identifying material and they are following those leads right now."

BART officials announced via Twitter that a news conference would take place 8:00 p.m. Monday evening to discuss the arrest of the suspect, identified earlier in the day as John Lee Cowell.

The incident occurred about three months after another stabbing attack at an East Bay BART station left riders shaken. That attack occurred at the Coliseum station on the afternoon of the Warriors' final regular-season home game. Three people were injured and a San Francisco man was arrested.