Youth mob robs BART train at station

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Dozens of juveniles swarmed an Oakland station over the weekend and commandeered a BART car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries, McClatchy News reported. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. April 22 at Coliseum Station.

According to a police summary reviewed by The San Francisco Chronicle, witnesses said 50 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.

Police did not say if any of the suspects were armed, or describe exactly how the passengers were wounded.

The attack was quick, police reported, and the teenagers were able to retreat from the station and vanish into the surrounding East Oakland neighborhood before BART officers could respond.

The agency is in the midst of installing surveillance cameras in cars after The Chronicle reported that most of the existing cameras were decoys. The news comes as the agency announced the hiring of Carlos Rojas as its chief of police. He comes to BART from the Santa Ana (Calif.) Police Department, where he served as chief for five years and as an officer since 1990.

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