Suspect arrested in 2 unprovoked attacks on BART trains

SFGate | 8/7/2017 | By Filipa Ioannou and Alison Graham
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A suspect in two unprovoked attacks on passengers riding on BART trains in the past week was arrested Monday morning, hours after police released surveillance photos of him, officials said.

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Mario Christopher Washington, 42, was arrested just before 9 a.m. Monday near Ninth Street and Broadway in downtown Oakland, officials said.

BART Deputy Police Chief Ed Alvarez said an Oakland firefighter recognized the suspect from the surveillance images and reported him to police.

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Oakland and BART police officers arrested Washington, a Berkeley resident, within 2½ hours of the images being released.

Early Monday, BART police had asked for the public’s help in identifying the attacker.

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On Thursday, just after 7:30 p.m., the man hit a victim sitting on the train between the San Leandro and Bay Fair stations with a pair of bolt cutters, then punched and kicked him before running from the train, according to BART police.

Witnesses told police the attack was unprovoked, and the victim was taken to a hospital for treatment for a laceration on his head, police said.

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Two days later, police said, the same attacker was on a San Francisco-bound train pulling into Embarcadero Station about 7:30...
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