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horror Posted 2007-04-04 10:48:21 by Jim Crawford
Last night at the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station, I saw a large man in a blue hoodie burst through the wheelchair access door next to the turnstile-equivalents, looking very determined. After about half a minute out of my range of vision, he asked a BART employee to call his mobile number, because someone had taken his mobile phone. A conversation ensued with a homeless-looking man that he apparently suspected. Homeless-Looking said something like “[do you] want to see it,” while taking something out of his pocket. Large-Blue-Hoodie read this as an admission of guilt -- it sounded like one to me too, at the time -- and took an aggressive step forward. Homeless-Looking opened the switchblade that he had taken out of his pocket. BART-Employee said something along the lines of “hey, hey, hey, hey.”

Large-Blue-Hoodie started chasing Homeless-Looking around the room. Megan and I headed upstairs to the train platform with haste. There was one person there, smoking a cigarette. I called 911 on a convenient pay phone, and interestingly enough, they told me they had already received a report and asked me if I could describe the men further. I did so, and they said they were on their way. Megan and I went around a corner so as to be hard to find in case one of them finished with the other and decided to go after witnesses.

I don't know what happened after that, but about five minutes later, people started appearing on the train platform again, so things had apparently cooled down. We never heard any sirens.
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