Domestic dispute at downtown BART station ends in arrest

BART police arrested a 32-year-old woman Monday in connection with a domestic dispute. Photo: Natalie Orenstein

Update, Oct. 31, 11:10 a.m. BART released additional details about Monday’s arrest of Nakiesha McGee, 32, from Stockton, on suspicion of stabbing her boyfriend with an ink pen at the Ashby BART station. According to BART PD, McGee “attacked her boyfriend, who is also the father of her child, on the platform at the Ashby Station. The assault continued at the Berkeley station, according to the crime log. The man suffered a non-life threatening injury.

Original story, Oct. 30: BART police arrested a 32-year-old woman after a domestic dispute at the downtown Berkeley station shortly before noon Monday, according to authorities. For a brief period of time, trains did not stop at the station and BART passengers had to find other ways to get downtown.

BART police responded to reports of a fight on the train platform involving a woman and man, said BART spokesman Chris Filipi. Berkeley police assisted with the effort around 11:30 a.m., and left the scene shortly after, said Sgt. Andrew Frankel. BART officers were still on scene until at least 1 p.m.

“The victim suffered a cut on his forehead” but refused medical attention at the scene, Filipi said. Investigators are continuing to look into the incident, and BART will release more information as it becomes available, he said. Around 12:30 p.m. Filipi said it was not yet clear what started the fight. The woman’s name was not released.


BART police remained at the Downtown Berkeley BART station for at least an hour after the fight on the platform occurred. Photo: Natalie Orenstein

BART passengers heading to downtown Berkeley at the time of the incident were told trains would not stop there. In one case, more than a dozen passengers on a northbound train exited at the Ashby station instead.

Berkeleyside will update this story if more information is released.