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Oakland BART slaying suspect arrested

Oakland BART slaying suspect arrested”

Police say Cowell killed Nia Wilson with a knife and wounded her sister at an Oakland station Sunday night.

- BART officials said police have arrested the suspect in the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old woman Sunday night at BART's MacArthur station in Oakland.

Letifah Wilson told KGO-TV that the suspect "was wiping off his knife and stood at the stairs and just looked" after the attack. Her sister was taken to a nearby hospital.

One of the sisters, 18-year-old Nia Wilson, died at the scene. "I got you, you're my baby sister", Wilson told Nia. All of that has helped BART Police to identify the suspect as 27-year-old John Lee Cowell. Rojas said they can't have officers cover every square inch of every station, but they are looking at where they can improve their presence with the resources they have.

"I get here and I see all the police and ambulance and I ran up the platform and I see my youngest daughter laying up on their tarp, dead", he told the station through tears. So I want justice. When asked how the suspect got back on BART, Rojas said public transportation is "very porous" and that Cower had evaded fare as recently as last week.

Rojas said, "In my close to 30 years of experience, it was probably one of the most vicious attacks I have seen".

According to East Bay Times, Cowell was harassing a woman at a Kaiser hopsital and began swearing at her.

Police have no information connecting Cowell to any white supremacist group, but they're continuing to explore all options, Rojas said. He has short, dark hair as well as a closely cropped beard and mustache. The Wilson sisters are black.

The two other attacks are also being treated as homicides.

"He didn't know us, we didn't know him", said Ms Wilson, who was injured in the attack.

"We don't know if it's racist, we don't know if this was random". "As young black women, we shouldn't have to look behind our back you know, we should be living freely like everybody else", said Wilson. "We're asking the African American community to stand down right now".

He went on to describe the confusion he experienced when he got the phone call on Sunday night that something awful had happened.

An anonymous tip from a rider on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train led to the arrest of Cowell, 27, Rojas said at a news conference.

On Sunday, family members gathered together at MacArthur station, embracing and crying, as police worked to recover whatever evidence they could at the train stop.

"Rest in peace Nia Wilson. praying for your sister to pull through and heal, and for her heart when she does".

He was released from state prison on May 6 after completing a two-year sentence for second-degree robbery, said Vicky Waters, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Alicia Greyson, the victim's mother, described her as a "wonderful" daughter who had been a cheerleader and basketball player at the Oakland high school. Schaaf said she wants to be mindful of the tensions in Oakland and there is no room for hatred in the city.

Bay Area Rapid Transit police on Monday released three surveillance video images of Cowell, including one that shows him at MacArthur station Sunday night, when the teenager and her sister were stabbed on a platform after exiting the train.



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