Passersby contacted this site about a suspicious occurrence on a platform at the Lafayette BART in what was first believed to be one of several testy confrontations in the 24/680 lately – but which turned out to be something other than first described.
It turns out several riders joined in on a tug-of-war struggle to reclaim luggage allegedly taken by a suspect standing with other passengers on the platform at around 10:15 a.m. Sunday.
Riders said the alleged thief attempted to grab a suitcase from a male victim who resisted – taking a punch to the face for his efforts. The tussle ensued with other riders jumping in and eventually managing to regain control of the contested suitcase.
The unidentified male victim suffered a minor facial injury, passengers said. The unidentified suspect was arrested by either BART or Lafayette police, it was not immediately clear, and was allegedly discovered to be in possession of suspected rock cocaine and a crack pipe. He was reportedly booked at the Martinez Detention Facility for attempted robbery, possession of narcotics, and paraphernalia.
The victim was treated at the scene – and left with his luggage.