IN CUSTODY: John Lee Cowell Identified As Murder Suspect In Fatal BART Station Stabbing Of Nia Wilson

BART Station murder suspect

Police have identified John Lee Cowell as the murder suspect in the fatal stabbing attack on two sisters at BART Station on Sunday night killing 18-year-old Nia Wilson.

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The BART Police Department is releasing images of the suspect wanted for fatally stabbing 18-year-old Nia Wilson and wounding her sister at MacArthur Station Sunday night.  BART police officers were already at MacArthur Station when the incident occurred at approximately 9:36 pm and were flagged down about a male suspect on the platform with a knife. 

Officers arrived on the platform and found two women suffering from stab wounds.  Officers immediately began rendering aid to the victims until paramedics arrived.  Nia Wilson succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her sister was taken to a nearby hospital.

It appears both the suspect and victims boarded a BART train at Concord Station at the same time and then off boarded at MacArthur.  BART detectives have carefully reviewed video from surveillance cameras on the train the victims and suspect were riding on as well as platform video at MacArthur Station

The attack happened on the MacArthur platform.  BART detectives are sharing images from the surveillance videos with other law enforcement agencies as well as the public.  Investigators also recovered valuable evidence at the scene of the crime. 

All of that has helped BART Police to identify the suspect as 27-year-old John Lee Cowell.  Cowell is Caucasian, stands 5’ 8”, and weighs 190 pounds.  Cowell has short, dark hair as well as a closely cropped beard and mustache.  Cowell should be considered dangerous and anyone who sees him should immediately call 9-1-1.

BART Station murder suspect

It’s so unfortunate police waited soooo long to release this information and the photos.

Now, that it’s been released I hope this POS is found and gets dealt with!

UPDATE: Cowell is in custody!

An hour ago, the SF BART Police tweeted:

Murder suspect now in custody!

BART Police took him into custody at Pleasant Hill BART. Full details to come and Chief availability at Rockridge BART at 8pm.

Thank you BPD and thank riders for keeping your eye out!!


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