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2 BART Employees Attacked, Suspects Arrested

BART employees literally took a beating Friday when a transit employee and then an officer was attacked, one at the Lake Merritt station and the other at the Ashby station, transit officials said.

The first incident was at BART’s Ashby station in Berkeley around 4:15 p.m. Sekou Lumumba, 34, of Berkeley, was placed under citizen’s arrest on suspicion of battery against a transit employee, police said. Lumumba was booked at the Glenn Dyer Jail, according to police.

Later, around 5:22 p.m., a man was arrested at BART’s Lake Merritt station in Oakland. Thomas O’Bannon, 29, of San Francisco, was arrested on suspicion of battery on a peace officer, resisting a police officer and resisting arrest, police said. O’Bannon was booked at the Santa Rita Jail, according to police.

Police issued prohibition orders to both Lumumba and O’Bannon. BART police began issuing prohibition orders in 2013. These orders can be issued against anyone who commits certain offenses on BART and bans the person for 30 days to a year.

The offenses include violence against passengers or employees or repeated infractions such as urinating in public or defacing property.

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