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Suspected killer of 18 year old Nia Wilson arrested

PICTURED: Nia Wilson and John Cowell

THE SUSPECT in the double stabbing at MacArthur BART that left one sister dead and another injured is now in police custody.

Nia Wilson, 18, died after a person police described as a white heavyset male, five-feet-nine-inches tall with short blonde hair in his 20s or 30s stabbed the teenager as she walked off the BART train at MacArthur station.

Her sister, age 20, was also stabbed and has been taken to a hospital for treatment. 

After the stabbing, John Cowell was seen at a parking deck next door and changed into these clothes, leading many to call out reporte suggesting the attack was "random".

Activist Shaun King tweeted: "Stop calling this “random.” This man planned out the murder and targeted two young Black women. He had a plan for this."

Officers say they followed up on tips from the public and found the suspect on an Antioch-bound train.

BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas held a media availability at Rockridge Station and said the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

"They asked him what his name was. He was truthful with the officers in terms of his name and they asked him for identification and he did provide a California identification," said Rojas.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf released a statement on the suspect's arrest: "The senseless murder of Nia Wilson and the stabbing of her sister Latifah has traumatised our community, and most especially their family and friends.

"I want to again express my condolences to them, first and foremost. I am relieved to learn that the suspect was apprehended after an anonymous tip from a BART rider led to the arrest of the suspect. May this serve as the first step in bringing justice for the Wilson family, and healing to our community.

"As the Mayor of Oakland, it's important I acknowledge that this horrific crime has a context. Although investigators currently have no evidence to conclude that this tragedy was racially motivated or that the suspect was affiliated with any hate groups, the fact that his victims were both young African American women stirs deep pain and palpable fear in all of us who acknowledge the reality that our country still suffers from a tragic and deeply racist history.

"I recognise that Sunday's tragic events came on the heels of news that white supremacists were attempting to gather at a downtown bar this evening. I appreciate the commitment of these establishments to prohibit such activity in their businesses and then decided to hold a "Pro Oakland Movement" event this evening to support organisations that fight bigotry and discrimination on behalf of our community and our values. Oakland has no room for hate or white supremacy."

According to reports, America has seen a 25% rise in hate crimes since Donald Trump's presidency.

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