Suspected killer of Nia Wilson arrested for MacArthur BART stabbing
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The suspect within the double stabbing at full general Baronet that left one sister dead and another disabled is currently in police custody. Officers say they followed au fait tips from the general public and located him on Associate in Nursing Antioch-bound train.
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BART policeman terrorist Rojas command a media availableness at Rockridge Station. He says the arrest was placid which the suspect was taken into custody while not incident.
The wounded sister of Associate in Nursing 18-year-old girl fatally injured within the neck whereas transferring trains aforementioned they were "blindsided by a maniac."
Lahtifa Wilson, 26, aforementioned that she, her baby sister Nia and a 3rd sister had been coming back from a family outing once they were attacked by a person Sunday night.
"I looked back and he was wiping off his knife and stood at the steps and simply looked. From then on, i used to be caring for my sister," Wilson told ABC7 News on weekday, speaking outside a family member's home with a bandage on her neck.
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On Monday, authorities inactive John Cowell, 27, United Nations agency is suspected within the attack at the full general Station in metropolis, in keeping with Bay space public transit representative Chris Filippi.
Surveillance footage showed a person known as Cowell fleeing the station through a car parking zone and denudation off his garments there. Detectives recovered a knife they believed was utilized in the attack at a close-by construction website, aforementioned Bay space public transit policeman terrorist Rojas.
Surveillance video on the train and at the station's platform showed Cowell had been riding identical automotive because the sisters, however they didn't move, Rojas said.
As the cluster got on the platform, Cowell quickly attacked them. "It seems like it had been Associate in Nursing wanton, unwarranted, vicious attack," Rojas aforementioned.
Wilson aforementioned a girl with a stroller gave her a baby blanket to use pressure to her sister's neck, however Nia Wilson died career out her sister's name for facilitate.
Wilson aforementioned she told her sister she wanted her.
"We're gonna get through this, I got you, you are my baby sister," she said.
The women's father, Ansar Muhammad, aforementioned one among his daughters referred to as him, crying hysterically, and told him to urge to the full general station.
"It's nothing conceivable, seeing your kid on the Baronet platform with a yellow canvass over her body," Muhammad aforementioned weekday evening as he and alternative relations joined dozens of individuals for a vigil at the station. "That is a picture i will always remember for the remainder of my life. therefore i need justice. All i need is justice."
Cowell was discharged from prison on could half dozen when finishing a sentence for second-degree theft, aforementioned Vicky Waters, representative for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Rojas aforementioned that Cowell was cited for fare evasion on Gregorian calendar month eighteen Associate in Nursingd his image was captured by an officer's body camera.
BART officers discharged that image and another one from police work video that shows him at full general station Sunday night wearing a white and grey slipover and carrying a backpack.
In addition to serving time for a 2016 theft in Contra Costa County, Cowell had previous arrests in Alameda County, yet as warrants out for his arrest, the East Bay Times according.
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Rojas aforementioned investigators were making an attempt to work out what light-emitting diode to the attack. they need no info it had been racially impelled, however they're not discarding that as a attainable motive, he said.
Cowell could be a white person, authorities aforementioned. The Wilson sisters ar black.
Nia was "the baby" among six youngsters, aforementioned her eldest sister, Unieve Wilson, 37.
She was "spunky, feisty, wanted to bop," she said. "She would not damage a fly."
Ebony Monroe, a relative of the victims, at first aforementioned the third sister, 21-year-old Tashiya Wilson, had been disabled however authorities later aforementioned it had been Lahtifa.
Monroe was among many relatives United Nations agency visited the depot Sunday night when hearing concerning the attack. She aforementioned the Wilson sisters were returning home when celebrating Nia's late boyfriend's birthday. He sunken during a lake 2 years past, Monroe aforementioned.
Monroe, 24, aforementioned her relative attended metropolis highschool and wanted her family, diversion and makeup.
"She was an exquisite person within and out, and she or he did not be it," Monroe aforementioned.
A man United Nations agency witnessed the attack told them the suspect came out of obscurity and slit Nia's throat whereas she was sitting down within the train which he injured her sister as she tried to prevent him, she said.
"She died for no reason," Monroe aforementioned. "We need to ascertain justice."
The killing was the third attainable killing on the Baronet line in exactly 5 days, the metropolis Chronicle according.
A homeless man at the Bay truthful Station in San Leandro died Sunday at a hospital, on a daily basis when he was punched by Associate in Nursing assailant and fell down and hit his head on the pavement. He was known as Don Stevens, 47.
Another man, Gerald Bisbee, 51, died weekday at his Pittsburg, Calif., home.
Bisbee was attacked by a person United Nations agency was quickly inactive and suffered a bloody lip and alittle move the rear of his knee.
An autopsy Sunday determined that Bisbee died as a result of the cut became infected, Rojas told the Chronicle.
The 3 deaths seem to be unrelated however they represent a worrying "anomaly," the policeman aforementioned.
"It's rare that we've a killing, therefore after all this can be ramped up to the very best priority after you have 3 deaths," Rojas aforementioned.