A Northern California train official was fatally stabbed, presumably while trying to stop a killer from stealing a pair of his shoes, officials said.
The clash happened on Tuesday around 1pm. on a train toward the fast south Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) crept into South Hayward Station along the Hot Springs / South Fremont line, authorities said.
The station, about 20 miles south of downtown Oakland, it was closed for hours as police investigated.
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Investigators want to know if the victim intervened when the suspect tried to steal another driver's shoes, BART police said.
The suspect, a sleeveless man, a homeless man fled and was found stranded in a nearby showroom where he tried to steal a van, witnesses said.
"We are heartbroken that a person lost his life as a result of violence in one of our trains this afternoon," BART CEO Robert Powers said in a statement, "We extend our sincere condolences to the victim's family and friends."
The suspect was identified Wednesday morning as Jermaine Jeremiah Brim, 39 years old. His last known address was in Sacramento and he was booked into the Santa Rita Jail, Alameda County Sheriff's Office in Dublin, California.
"This is very tragic," said Interim BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez. "It's rare on BART. It's not something we get a lot of money for."
The victim was not immediately identified. Powers said the system will increase safety in its trains and stations.
"Immediately in effect, we are increasing the presence of BART police personnel throughout the system," according to Powers. "Additional sworn police officers, negligent community service officers and community inspectors will be on the system, on platform platforms and riding trains as a result of posting additional overtime hours."