A young passenger discovered a man bleeding from stab wounds and lying face down inside the 24th Street BART station early Sunday afternoon. BART police officers started rendering aid to the victim and shut down the station. The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Jabaree Harris.
The young man, who asked not to be named, descended the escalators at 24th BART Plaza at about 1:30 p.m. He noticed Harris lying face-down on the ground near the Millbrae/SFO platform. He believed Harris was overdosing on fentanyl.
“Yo, officers!” the young man called out. “Come here, someone is ODing.” The teenager said Harris was still breathing when he found him.
Two BART police officers arrived and flipped Harris over, revealing stab wounds in his stomach. Immediately, BART police officers began pressing onto Harris’ frame, and ordered the rest of the dozen passengers waiting for trains off the platform and out of the station.
“This station is closed,” one officer said. The station gates were pulled shut minutes later.
“I thought he was bleeding out,” the young man said.
According to BART officials, two men were arguing near the BART station elevator at around 1:40 p.m. before one individual stabbed Harris. Harris then walked down the stairs into the station and subsequently collapsed on the platform. The suspect fled the area.
Despite attempts from BART officials to aid Harris, he died from his injuries.
Later, another BART passenger told the young man that they had seen Harris fall down five minutes before the young man arrived and discovered him. It’s unclear if they did anything, but the young man believed they had not. Two other people in the station mentioned to the teenager that they noticed blood droplets “near the escalator,” but did not see the stabbing. Mission Local did not see any blood droplets outside of the northeast plaza entrance.
The police officers were already present at the upper level of the station by the time the young man reported the incident. An ambulance was apparently called by BART officers by the time the police cleared the station, the young man said.
“They were just standing there,” the young man said, visibly frustrated by what he characterized as a lack of action and urgency on both the BART police and the other passengers’ parts. “Hopefully this will cause a change in policy or something.”
The 24th Street BART station reopened at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
This story has been updated with more information from BART officials.
UPDATE WEDNESDAY 10:27 a.m.: This story has been updated with the identity of the victim.
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