After an incident captured on video and shared on social media, a male suspect was arrested and cited for battery in connection with a confrontation Wednesday morning aboard a BART train, authorities said.
The man was released from custody due to COVID-19 jail restrictions. Police did not release his name on Wednesday afternoon.
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The video, visible on a social media account called @theblackbayarea, which said it was sourced from another social-media user, shows a young African-American woman yelling loudly at a white male wearing a mask and telling him not to touch her before the male strikes her once in the head with his open hand, knocking her to the train’s floor.
In a statement, BART spokesman Jim Allison said BART police officers responded at 10:51 a.m. to a train at the Pittsburg-Bay Point station for a report of the battery.
“According to parties involved the female, who is a juvenile, asked the male for money and began get close to the male’s face,” Allison said in part.
“He told our officers he felt threatened and hit her. No weapons were involved, and the female declined medical attention.”
The man, identified Thursday morning as Roland Hinds, 24, of Discovery Bay, was detained under a citizen’s arrest and cited for battery before his release because of jail restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, the state judicial council waived bail for low-level offenses to slow the influx of inmates at county jails. Hinds was also issued a prohibition order, forbidding him from BART property for at least 30 days.
Allison said the Contra Costa County District Attorney will determine whether he should be charged or if the case was self-defense. A district attorney’s spokesman said Thursday afternoon that Hinds’ case had not yet been presented for a filing decision.