HAYWARD — A man convicted on May 12 for battery has been arrested an astonishing 42 times. His latest arrest on June 1 is for an assault which occurred on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system.
This frequent offender is 26-year-old James Parker, a resident of Oakland. Parker has been walking in and out of county jail since 2013. He was implicated in several battery incidents.
In May, Parker pled no contest for one such battery incident which occurred in April. For this, he spent 29 days in jail and was sentenced to probation for one year.
On June 1, a BART station agent confronted him for fare evasion. This verbal dispute turned violent after the agent followed Parker to make sure he left the Hayward BART station.
As Parker was leaving, he allegedly threw a bottle hitting the station agent in his forehead. The agent was merely bruised and declined medical assistance.
BART police officers subsequently located and arrested Parker. He was taken into custody at 7:26 a.m.
Parker was booked into Santa Rita Jail for assault with a deadly weapon. In addition, he faces charges for battery, and resisting an officer. He presently remains in county jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.
Thus far this year, Parker has been arrested nine times for battery and vandalism, among other offenses.
In 2020, Parker was arrested five times for battery and lesser charges. He was arrested nine times in 2019 and 18 times in 2018 for various offenses.