“There are 2 guns pointed at you now,” the note said. “If you want to live hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet. Do not turn around until you have left Civic Center + you will live.”
Dragland told KPIX that instead of complying with her would-be robber, she decided to create a scene.
“I was terrified and then I started to be like, is somebody really going to shoot someone for a phone and a wallet? I don’t know. I started to question it a little bit, but I was still really scared,” Dragland told the news station. “I started (slumping) over to the left and started shaking, and people started to notice and they’re like, ‘Are you okay? Are you okay?'”
Dragland said that she believes the person who handed her the note, who she described as an older woman with a suitcase, slipped off the train at the next stop amid the confusion of her feigned seizure.
BART police said they are reviewing security video from the train in an effort to identify the would-be robber, although Dragland told SFGate.com that she did not plan to press charges if the person is identified.