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OAKLAND— A 44-year-old felon allegedly stabbed a passenger on a BART train who was minding their own business. Tamire B. Edwards, an Oakland resident with a violent history, was arrested at the 19th Street BART station. His next scheduled court appearance is October 4th.
The nighttime attack was seemingly unprovoked based on preliminary investigation. The victim was stabbed onboard a moving train as it was approaching the station. The unidentified victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
BART police said in a prepared statement. “An alert station agent helped by pointing out the suspect based on the description of the suspect.”
Edwards was arrested 40 minutes after midnight on September 22nd. He remains in custody at Alameda County Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $125,000 bond.
Nine felony charges were filed on September 26th against Edwards, including assault with a deadly weapon, and inflicting great bodily injury on a person. In addition, BART issued a prohibitive order barring him from using public transit.
The suspect has prior DUI convictions; he has been using BART for transportation. Though he apparently failed to pay his fare on the night of his arrest.
Edwards has a history of violence and drug dealing. He has convictions for domestic violence in 2013, 2018, 2019 and 2021. Edwards has convictions for possession of cocaine base for sale in 2005, 2006 and 2008. He was convicted for unlawful firearm activity in 2001.