Woman Fakes Seizure To Escape Armed Robber Who Threatened Her With Terrifying Note

She learned the tactic by watching "Law & Order."

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A woman may have thwarted being a victim of a violent crime by faking a seizure.

According to SF Gate, Julie Dragland was on a BART train heading to San Francisco when a person reportedly handed her a note threatening to rob her at gunpoint. The 32-year-old Oakland resident then faked a seizure, which attracted the attention of other passengers on the train and scared the mugger into fleeing from the train.

“When I read the note, I started freaking out,” she said in an interview Sunday. “I did not want to give up my stuff, but I had no idea who was behind me.” She shared the threatening note on Twitter (Her profile is private and the note cannot be seen) but KTVU shared an image in a news airing about the incident:

The note read, "There are 2 guns pointed at you now. If you want to live hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be discreet. Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center + you will live."

As Fox 13 shares, police are looking for the suspect in the case, who is described as a woman in her 30s with "strawberry blond" hair. She was last seen pulling a black cart with wheels. A photo of the woman was caught on surveillance.



Dragland first tried to mouth the word "help" but no one noticed. She then slumped to her side and began "shaking and crying." She believes the suspect got off at the next stop. 

So how did the quick-thinking passenger decide to fake a seizure in a move that may have saved her life? She apparently learned the attention-grabbing trick by watching "Law & Order."

San Francisco's BART train has invested millions into new surveillance equipment. The public transportation system spent $1.42 million this year to install working surveillance equipment after The Chronicle reported that 77 percent of cameras on the trains were decoys.

[Photo: BART surveillance] 

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