San Francisco, CA – A man assaulted another passenger on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the San Francisco subway system, on Monday (video below).
It’s not known what set off the Nov. 13 incident, other than the presence of members of other races riding on the same train.
The incident occurred at about 10:10 p.m. when the suspect stood up and approached a man who was seated, NBC News reported.
The suspect called his victim, who was Asian, many different combinations of racial slurs.
The suspect repeatedly threatened to dick-punch the seated man, and then hit him in the arm and face.
The video showed the man swatted at the victim several more times, and the victim stood up and told the assailant he would do something if he was hit one more time.
In the video, the assailant struck poses and told the rider, “I’m trained, I’m trained.”
Police dispatchers received three calls from riders aboard a train, the East Bay Times reported.
When officers arrived, the police said passengers were unable to point out the suspect who had assaulted a rider.
BART Spokesman Jim Allison said police detectives spoke to the man assaulted in the video on Nov. 15, but that the victim isn’t interested in pressing charges.
“BPD isn’t able to move forward with a criminal investigation against the individual seen in the video using offensive language and threatening a fellow rider without the victim also wanting the case to be pursued,” Allison said in a statement, according to the East Bay Times.
“The video captures an unfortunate, ugly scene,” BART Police posted on their Facebook page. “However, several things went right despite the belligerent and bigoted actions of one individual.”
BART Police applauded the actions of the fellow riders, who supported the victim, didn’t physically intervene, and in one instance, removed themselves from the area.
BART has a daily ridership of about 420,000 people each weekday. Officials said they are hiring 40 extra officers to increase their presence in the transit system.
Watch the video of the assault below: