- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

EL CERRITO, Calif. (AP) - The family of a 12-year-old boy who was robbed at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in El Cerrito has filed a lawsuit against the transit agency, saying the robbery took advantage of lax station security.

The East Bay Times reported Thursday (https://bayareane.ws/2lHoZYF ) that the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages in connection to the April 2016 incident, when the boy was robbed at gunpoint as he exited a train at the Del Norte BART station.

The lawsuit claims the robber stuck a gun into the boy’s waist and ordered him over to a stairwell where surveillance cameras don’t point. The lawsuit also alleges police told the boy’s parents that BART didn’t release a composite sketch of the robber so as to avoid bad publicity.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost denied the suit’s allegations.

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Information from: East Bay Times, https://www.eastbaytimes.com

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