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Carjacking at Gunpoint at El Cerrito BART

An armed robber in a dark hoodie stole a woman's car at the El Cerrito Plaza station this morning, Wednesday, according to BART police. Police are asking the public for any helpful information.

A woman was carjacked early this morning in a parking lot at the El Cerrito Plaza BART station, police said.

Around 6:55 a.m., the woman was getting out of her silver, four-door 2010 Lexus when a man armed with a gun approached her, demanded her car and drove off in it, BART police Officer Era Jenkins said.

The woman was not physically injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s who is about 5 feet 5 inches tall with a light complexion. He was armed with a small silver handgun and was wearing a dark hoodie, Jenkins said.

The man remains at large and the car is still missing. BART police are asking any witnesses to the crime or anyone with information about the suspect to call 510-464-7000.

– By Bay City News

Barbara Segal May 02, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Is there any type of security at this BART station? This is VERY frightening!
Susan May 02, 2012 at 11:37 PM
the security is in the station, there is nothing in the parking lots.
Marty May 03, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Hoodies should be banned in El Cerrito.
Ken McCroskey May 03, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I know this is a short article, but I'm puzzled by the lack of context. Is this crime common in El Cerrito? Is this a one-off, or should I remove my personal items from my car the next time I park at EC Plaza BART? Thanks.
Matt May 03, 2012 at 08:33 PM
BART police have little or no presence at Plaza station. They have a substation at Del Norte, but I ride everyday from Plaza and can't remember the last time I saw an officer in the station, let alone patrolling the parking lot.
Local Mom May 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I walk by Plaza station a lot, and do occasionally see officers in the station or in the car. I have wondered what response times would be, though.
Charles Burress (Editor) May 06, 2012 at 06:04 AM
We don't hear of all the crimes in El Cerrito, but this is the first car-jacking I can recall at the El Cerrito Plaza BART station. However El Cerrito Patch has been around only since August of 2010, so perhaps those who've watched crime in the city for a longer period can give you a better answer.
kathryn levenson May 07, 2012 at 07:21 PM
It seems like the amount of robbery and more violent crime is increasing in El Cerrito. Just my personal take in the three years I have lived here. Most of this is not more than what happens in Berkeley and Richmond all the time. I think we have been insulated for awhile and now the miscreants are looking for easier pickings. Never leave valuable items in your car. Mine has been broken into twice.
Mike C May 07, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Kathryn, I've had the same thought (that violent crime is increasing), but it's possible that I just wasn't well informed about how much there is until Patch came along. Seeing as the Crime Prevention Commission hasn't met for a long time, maybe the City Council could have a discussion with El Cerrito, Richmond, and BART police departments about developing a coordinated approach to crime prevention and enforcement.
Kathy A. May 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
We've lived in EC since 1989, and had a few incidents over the years. I basically feel safe here, and do not think that crime rates are rising -- I think we're getting more information faster when something happens. Our worst incident was in about 1/90, when some kids attempted to carjack our car in front of our house near ECHS, in daylight -- they couldn't drive stick shift, so they ran off and all turned out well. That car also suffered a breakin, in an apparent effort to steal a car stereo [which was not actually a feature of the car at that time]. Then we moved closer to the recycling center. Once, we left the garage open and the kids' bikes were stolen. Our bad for the garage door. And then the last incident, my same ancient car got hotwired and stolen last year from in front of the house -- we knew nothing of it until the fabulous ECPD came to tell us about the stolen car and its subsequent crash. It was kind of funny, because [a] this car was so old that even the car donation places wouldn't take it, [b] the dog who hates the mailman did not notice anyone stealing the car, and [c] the thief waved cheerily to ECPD on San Pablo, whereupon they recognized him from an earlier chase in another stolen car. Best of all, nobody hurt. I will never know if the crash was in part a function of the stick shift (ECPD reported erratic driving), but recommend that as an anti-theft device.
Josh Goldman January 10, 2013 at 08:11 AM
It sounds like El Cerrrito is turning into another Richmond or Oakland. Yuck.

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