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OAKLAND — Authorities report the arrest of two suspects following two separate violent assaults on passengers waiting at BART stations last Saturday. The number of aggravated violent assaults have recently soared at BART stations.
Sajuan McElroy’s arrest was for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on June 2 about 3 p.m. The 37-year-old allegedly hit another man with a metal pipe at the Bay Fair station. The victim sustained minor injuries during the attack.
A 50-year-old Richmond resident, Carl Johnson was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on June 2 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Johnson allegedly stabbed another man in the torso multiple times at the El Cerrito del Norte station. This victim required medical treatment at a hospital for stab wounds.
These recent arrests follow a report BART released in May citing a rising number of aggravated assaults on passengers.
Authorities report 43 aggravated assaults during the one-year period ending April 30 of this year. During the same 12-month period ending in April 2017 they reported 34.
Arrests made by transit police increased 16.5 percent during the same one-year period.