Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Charges filed against MacArthur BART station stabbing suspect

Charges filed against MacArthur BART station stabbing suspect

"The senseless and violent stabbing of two young women on a BART train platform last night has shaken our community", Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement.

Although bystanders attempted to calm the suffering victim and life-saving attempts were made, 18-year-old Nia Wilson and former Oakland High student was pronounced dead shortly after her neck was slit by the suspect.

John Cowell was accused of killing Nia Wilson on a train at the Bay Area Rapid Transit's MacArthur Station in Oakland on Sunday night.

Surveillance video on the train and at the station's platform showed Cowell had been riding the same vehicle as the sisters, but they did not interact, Rojas said. She has known Cowell since he was a child. He then fled, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

"It basically happened at the snap of the fingers, at the drop of the pin", he said, adding that the attack was "the most vicious" he had seen in his almost 30-year police career. He has been identified as 27-year-old transient John Cowell. She said the Wilson sisters were returning home in Oakland after celebrating Nia's late boyfriend's birthday. "And I looked back, and he was wiping off his knife and stood at the stairs and just looked-and from there on, I was just caring for my sister".

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The women's father, Ansar Muhammad, said one of his daughters called him, crying hysterically, and told him to get to the MacArthur station.

At around 8:00 a.m. Monday a KTVU crew watched police recover a large knife from a construction site under Highway 24 along the MacArthur BART access road.

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"I never imagined myself going through nothing like this", Mohammed said. "We're gonna get through this, I got you, you're my baby sister", said Wilson. Authorities say Cowell was on the same train as the two women and followed them off the train, where he is suspected of quickly attacking them on the platform. A motive remains unclear. "We haven't connected him to any type of radical group or white supremacist group or anything like that", Rojas added. The Wilson sisters are black.

Nia's sister, Letifah, described her younger sibling as "the most sweetest person on the earth" and reiterated that "she didn't do nothing to nobody" to provoke the attack. A man who witnessed the incident said his back was to the victims when the incident occurred. "Let's find out the right facts, so then we're able to deal with this situation".

Police said two people were detained when a small scuffle broke out. He was considered risky and cautioned anyone who spotted him to call 911. Court records showed that in May 2016 he was convicted of felony second-degree robbery, SFGate reported. Monroe said. "And he did this for no reason".

"He's no good at all", Kincaid said.

Nia Wilson's death was the third involving an attack in the BART system in five days, making it one of the deadliest weeks in the system's history.

Ebony Monroe, a cousin of the victims, said she was among several relatives who went to the train station Sunday night after hearing about the attack.

BART had not released information about the deaths of Stevens or Bisbee until reporters began inquiring about them, reported The San Francisco Chronicle.

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