SF man arrested in ‘unprovoked’ BART stabbings

A San Francisco man allegedly stabbed a brother and sister in an “unprovoked” attack that happened after he followed the siblings off a BART train in Oakland, transit officials said Sunday.

Robert Dolph, 32, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the stabbings near the fare gates at Coliseum Station on Saturday afternoon, BART spokesperson Alicia Trost said in a statement.

An ambulance rushed the victims — a woman in her 60’s and a man in his 50’s — to the hospital, where the woman is in fair condition and her brother is in critical but stable condition.

Trost said the victims boarded a BART train at South San Francisco Station and did not know their assailant when he entered the train at Civic Center Station and began “acting erratically with verbal outbursts.”

Dolph allegedly followed the siblings off the train at Coliseum Station, pulled out a knife as they approached the fare gates and began to stab them. Trost said a station agent called police while a bystander wrestled the knife from the suspect.

Officers arrived within two minutes, according to Trost. The good samaritan and another bystander helped hold the suspect down while police handcuffed him.

“The swift response by the station agent and police as well as the intervention by the good samaritans were all critical to ending the attack and apprehending the suspect,” Trost said.

Dolph was booked into Santa Rita jail in Dublin and “admitted his involvement in the crime during an interview with investigators,” according to Trost. Police recovered the knife at the scene.

The attack closed the Coliseum Station for about two hours.

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