Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

BART releases photos of note-passing, would-be mugger

BART releases photos of note-passing, would-be mugger

BART says it is investigating the case. officers checked Civic Center station but didn't find anyone matching the suspect's description.

Julie Dragland told SFGate.com that she got the idea to fake a seizure from the long-running "Law & Order" TV series.

"I probably looked very ridiculous", Dragland told the San Francisco Chronicle after foiling the attempted robbery.

"There are 2 guns pointed at you now", the handwritten note said.

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As Dragland began shaking and slumped over, a nearby couple came over to ask if she was OK. "I closed my eyes and increased the vigor so people would pay attention". She then passed them the note.

San Francisco's BART train has invested millions into new surveillance equipment.

Dragland said that she believes the person who handed her the note, who she described as an older woman with a suitcase, slipped off the train at the next stop amid the confusion of her feigned seizure.

The footage corroborated the events as accounted by the victim, according to the press release on the incident from the police.

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Surveillance video from BART indicates that the suspect was operating alone and seen reaching over the victim's shoulder, possibly to drop the note.

An Oakland resident thwarted a mugging by faking a seizure. Julie Dragland, 32, learned the weird technique from an episode of Law & Order - and it worked!

Police say there was no indication from the video that the suspect was armed. I think I saw that in an episode. Dragland claimed that regardless, she would not be pressing charges, as she wants to put the chilling incident behind her.

"I was very impressed with myself", she added.

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Ms Dragland said she doubted the threat was real, but since she had credit cards and identification on her, and had an global flight to London in 24 hours she had to do something or it would have been "a logistical nightmare".

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