Bay Area Rapid Transit officials on Friday said they have identified a man seen in a viral video yelling racial slurs and assaulting another train passenger.
The transit agency will be moving forward with seeking a prohibition order to ban him from the BART system. Officials said an investigation is ongoing.
The incident occurred on a train Monday night, which was filmed and has since been widely viewed on the internet. At about 10:10 p.m., at least three riders onboard a Warm Springs station-bound train called police dispatch regarding a disturbance.
In a video that was shared on YouTube, a suspect is seen standing and yelling racial slurs at a man sitting, who appears to be of Asian descent. At one point, the suspect slaps the victim's face.
BART Rider Caught on Video Yelling Racist Slurs, Attacking Passenger
During the ordeal, some riders came to the victim's defense. The video can be seen online.
According to BART officials, police responded and boarded the train at the Union City station, however, they were unable to locate the suspect.
BART officials called the incident "deplorable" and "unfortunate," but commended the riders who called police and voiced support for the victim without physically intervening.
Anyone with information about Monday night's incident is asked to contact BART police investigations at 510-464-7040. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call -510-464-7011.