Marauding mob storms BART train, robs riders

A mob of 40 to 60 young people streamed onto a BART train in Oakland Saturday night, robbing multiple riders of bags and cell phones and injuring at least two people, according to BART officials.

Witnesses reported that the suspects jumped the fare gates at the Coliseum station around 9:30 p.m., then boarded a Dublin train and committed at least seven robberies, the agency’s police log said.

Two people suffered facial and head injuries and were treated by paramedics, according to the log.

The suspects took one purse, one duffel bag and five cell phones, with six of the robberies taking place on the train car and one on the platform, the log said.

The suspects were reportedly unarmed, according to BART officials.

Before BART officers could get to the station, the suspects fled, the report said. The Dublin train was held for about 15 minutes as a result of the incident.

BART police are pulling surveillance video they plan to share with Oakland police, Oakland Unified School District officials and the Oakland Housing Authority in hopes of identifying the suspects.

The images, however, can’t be shared with the public because the suspects are minors, BART officials said.