74-year-old girl dies after being pushed into shifting practice; Man charged with homicide

49-year-old Trevor Belmont was arrested and charged with murder.

July 3, 2024, 7:12 p.m. ET

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The 74-year-old woman who was pushed into an oncoming train at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station has died, and a man has been arrested and charged in connection with her death, BART police said.

According to BART police, the woman hit her head on the train around 11 p.m. Monday night and fell onto the platform at Powell Street Station.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and later died, police said.

BART police arrested 49-year-old Trevor Belmont, a homeless man also known by the nickname Hoak Taing, authorities said.

Belmont faces murder charges and is scheduled to be arraigned on July 5, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office said in a statement Wednesday.

According to the prosecutor, the criminal complaint also alleges that Belmont personally inflicted serious bodily harm on a defenseless victim and intentionally killed the victim while lying in wait for him.

“The nature of this incident at the Powell Street BART station was tragic and truly shocking. I want to express my deepest condolences to the victim's family, friends and colleagues,” District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said in the statement.

“Unprovoked attacks, especially against our most vulnerable, are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. San Francisco residents, workers and visitors should be able to move freely and use our public transportation without fear. My office will now do everything in our power to ensure justice is served in this case,” Jenkins said.

According to BART police, this is the first murder on the train system this year.

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Belmont was arrested shortly after the incident and is being taken to the San Francisco County Jail.

BART police have not yet found a motive for the incident and the investigation is ongoing.

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