The BART Police Department has announced the arrest of a suspect wanted in connection with two recent violent attacks on the BART system. 42-year-old Mario Christopher Washington of Berkeley was arrested Monday morning in Oakland after he was spotted by an Oakland Fire Department investigator.
At approximately 8:39 a.m., the BART Police Department received two transfer calls from both the Oakland Police Department and the Oakland Fire Department telling us the fire investigator spotted the suspect.
Several officers responded to the corner of 9th Street and Broadway where they were flagged down by the fire investigator who made the initial call. With the help of that initial tip, BART officers located the suspect and placed him under arrest. Washington was arrested just more than two hours after the public release of suspect images from two recent attacks that were taken by surveillance cameras on board BART trains.
Washington has been booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and battery.
BART would like to thank the Alameda County Probation Department for contacting us this morning to provide information on the possible suspect, our media partners for distributing the suspect photos, the Oakland Police Department for assisting us in the area search, our officers for locating and arresting the suspect, and the Oakland Fire Department inspector who called in and gave us the description and location of the suspect.
Washington is under arrest for the following crimes:
- On August 3, 2017, at about 1931 hours, a male victim was seated on a train when a male suspect hit him in the head with an unknown metal object. The suspect also punched and kicked the victim before fleeing the train and running out of the station. The victim and witnesses say the attack was unprovoked. The victim was treated for a laceration to his head and transported to the hospital via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
- On August 5, 2017, at approximately 1930 hours, the same suspect was on a San Francisco-bound train approaching Embarcadero Station. The suspect approached a man on the train and struck the man two times in the face with a closed fist. The victim does not know the suspect. The victim received medical treatment at the scene for non-life threatening injuries.
All 669 of BART’s existing fleet have four working surveillance cameras. The 775 Fleet of the Future train cars will have six cameras each.
The arrest serves as a reminder that “See Something, Say Something” is more than a slogan. Members of the public are encouraged to report suspicious behavior or unattended packages.
What should you do when you observe something out of the ordinary? Report it to a BART employee.
If you are in a station:
- Notify the Station Agent or a BART Police Officer or
- Use a white courtesy phone located on the platform to contact a Station Agent or
- Use a payphone to call BART Police at 1-877-679-7000 or dial 911.
- If you use a cellphone to make your report, move away from the suspicious object or person first.
If you are on a train:
- Use the intercom located at the end of the car to call the Train Operator or
- Move away from the item/person and use your cell phone to call BART police at 1-877-679-7000. If you dial 911 on your cell phone, you will likely be transferred to the California Highway Patrol dispatch which may delay response to your report. Also, remember that most cell phones will not work inside BART’s tunnels.
When you make your report:
- Be prepared to give a description of the suspicious item or person.
- Describe the exact location as best as you can. For example, each BART train car has an individual number—you can locate that number above the doors at either end of the car. In stations, the platforms have numbers as well—look at the electronic message signs that display train arrival information—the platform number is noted on the sign.
- If you are able and it is safe, stay in the area so you can answer questions from the responding officers.