Photo: Soloman Espinosa
OAKLAND — U.S. Marshals arrested a homeless man suspected of stabbing two passengers last week on a train at MacArthur BART station. It occurred as the suspect rode on the train.
The stabbing attack occurred August 3 on a train in the station at 7:50 p.m. Both victims received treatment for injuries at a nearby hospital. The suspect stabbed one victim in the face, and the other victim in the arm.
BART surveillance cameras recorded the brutal attacks. The video recording shows the two victims being attacked by the suspect inside the train, and on the station platform.
Both victims ran to nearby police officers seeking help, while the suspect fled from the station. Authorities said the attacker disposed of a box cutter that he used in the attack.
This latest attack on BART happened near memorials set up for another stabbing victim killed at the same station two weeks ago. Violent attacks on BART in recent weeks have resulted in three deaths and several persons being injured.
Federal marshals assisted in this latest BART investigation, because local authorities believed the suspect posed an immediate threat to the public.
On August 7 at 12:40 p.m., U.S. Marshals arrested 27-year-old Soloman C. Espinosa. They apprehended him close to Laney College, near Fifth Avenue and East 8th Street in Oakland.
Espinosa remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bond. He’s now at Santa Rita Jail, accused of attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. The next step is arraignment on August 9.