- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 9, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California family who was on a commuter train robbed last month by a mob of teenagers has filed legal claims seeking $3 million in damages.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2pVYsv6) that Rusty and Patricia Stapp and their 18-year-old daughter cited 11 allegations in their claim against the Bay Area Rapid Transit, including lax security and the agency’s failure to coordinate with other police agencies. A legal claim precedes a lawsuit.

BART did not immediately comment on the claims filed Monday.

Rusty Stapp says two male suspects punched him and a third kicked him and stole his iPhone. He says a female suspect stole his wife’s purse as dozens of teenagers fled the train.

Officials say 40 to 60 teens jumped the fare gate at the Coliseum Station the night of April 22 to rob passengers. No arrests have been made.

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