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Suspect Charged With Murder After BART Stabbing Death

Abdul Rahman Bey, 20, faces one count of murder, with an enhancement for using a deadly weapon - a knife - in the death of Gerald Bisbee, 51, of Pittsburg

A suspect was charged Thursday with murder following a stabbing last week at an East Bay BART station and a Pittsburg man's death two days later, Contra Costa County prosecutors said. It's the third homicide at a BART station in less than a week, and riders are concerned for their safety.

Abdul Rahman Bey, 20, faces one count of murder, with an enhancement for using a deadly weapon - a knife - in the death of Gerald Bisbee, 51, of Pittsburg.

Police said that Bey and Bisbee had argued while aboard a BART train at the Pleasant Hill-Contra Costa Centre station on July 18. The argument escalated, and Bey allegedly stabbed Bisbee in the knee.

BART police said Bisbee went to a hospital on the day after the stabbing, saying he didn't feel well, and was later discharged. He was found Friday, two days after the stabbing, dead in his bed at home. BART police said the death was due to the knife wound becoming infected.

Bey was already in custody when Bisbee died, having been arrested on suspicion of battery. The charge was amended after Bisbee's death.

Bey remains in the Contra Costa County jail in Martinez.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning in Contra Costa County Superior Court's Department 40 but the judge moved the arraignment to Aug. 10.

Two other people died after incidents at BART stations over the past eight days. A 47-year-old man died Saturday at a hospital after he was allegedly punched in the head at the Bay Fair station in San Leandro. BART police said Don Stevens fell and hit his head on the concrete station platform after being hit.

Late Sunday night, 18-year-old Nia Wilson died, and her sister Latifah seriously injured, when a man allegedly stabbed them both at BART's MacArthur station in Oakland. A suspect in that killing, John Lee Cowell, 27, was arrested Monday night at the Pleasant Hill-Contra Costa Centre BART station.

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