On Tuesday, at approximately 6:15 pm, Antioch Police received a call from employees at Big Lots on Somersville Road in the City of Antioch after a man ran in asking them to call the police as he’d just been robbed at gun point on a bus.
Officers arrived and learned the man had been on the bus and a subject possibly armed with a handgun took his phone. He was able to flee from the bus and believed the bus driver helped him get away safely by closing the door keeping the armed suspect from following him.
Initially, officers weren’t able to confirm the story or that anyone on the bus witnessed this.
Just over an hour later, the same bus driver called police to report that the subject from the earlier robbery was still on the bus and was possibly armed. She was now at the BART station, hiding, and unsure if he was on the bus or in the BART station.
Several officers from APD and BART responded and located a subject matching the description both the bus driver and earlier robbery victim described and were able to safely identify him. Police said the subject was in possession of a bb gun that looked like a real firearm.
The suspect was also positively identified by both the driver and the robbery victim.
Further investigation also located the victim’s stolen phone which was returned to him.
Information released by Antioch Police Department