BART Says Crime Down on Trains Despite Attack on Pregnant Woman

By: Brian Shields - Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:13:09 -0800

CONCORD (KRON) -- Many BART passengers say they want to see more uniformed police officers riding trains in the wake of an attack and armed robbery targeting a pregnant woman on the North Concord line Sunday afternoon.

"I continued screaming and struggling as the other girl was actually holding me and trying to grab my items," the victim, 26-year old Immafrancia Hutalla tells KRON 4 News.  "I'd been looking at everyone on the train saying please help me, someone help me, I'm pregnant."

Witnesses say eventually other patrons pulled her into another train.  Two suspects are now in custody in connection with the attack.

Many passengers on the same line say they're feeling less safe after the broad daylight attack.

"I've never ever seen a police officer on a train," BART passenger Barbara Hudson tells KRON 4's Haaziq Madyun. "I go back and forth to work from North Concord to San Francisco Embarcadero.  I see them standing around sometimes on the side but they're never on the train."

"That doesn't surprise me," Sgt. Seth Jamel tells Haaziq.  "We have close to 400,000 patrons riding BART every weekday, Monday through Friday.  We have got a couple of hundred officers who are responsible for patrolling the system.  When you start crunching the numbers, the number of officers that are out there available to patrol a beat and ride trains is not that great of a number."

BART says despite this latest incident, crime is down on trains this year.

Officials say there were 70 robberies on BART in the first five months of 2012, a 14% reduction from the 81 reported during the same period in 2011.

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