UPDATE: It was confirmed on Monday night that 27-year-old John Lee Conwell was taken into police custody just after 6:45 p.m.
— KRON4 News (@kron4news) July 24, 2018
John Cowell has been identified as the suspect in the stabbing death of Nia Wilson. Wilson’s sister, Tashiya,, was also critically injured during an attack late Sunday night at the MacArthur BART station in Oakland.
From the BART police:
Investigators also recovered valuable evidence at the scene of the crime. All of that has helped BART Police to identify the suspect as 27-year-old John Lee Cowell. Cowell is Caucasian, stands 5’ 8”, and weighs 190 pounds. Cowell has short, dark hair as well as a closely cropped beard and mustache. Cowell should be considered dangerous and anyone who sees him should immediately call 9-1-1.
Three photos of the 27-year-old suspect were also shared with the public as he remains at large. Cowell reportedly approached Wilson and her sister and slashed their throats with a knife. He was able to flee the scene
Murder suspect identified in MacArthur stabbing. John Cowell is considered dangerous. Please call 911 if spotted. RIP Nia Wilson. We will bring this suspect to justice. Our thoughts are with the family and friends. Details: https://t.co/DEkTJvJnNe pic.twitter.com/igZU2bdel7
— SFBART (@SFBART) July 23, 2018
BART also shared details of the attack and the response from first responders.
The BART Police Department is releasing images of the suspect wanted for fatally stabbing 18-year-old Nia Wilson and wounding her sister at MacArthur Station Sunday night. BART police officers were already at MacArthur Station when the incident occurred at approximately 9:36 pm and were flagged down about a male suspect on the platform with a knife. Officers arrived on the platform and found two women suffering from stab wounds. Officers immediately began rendering aid to the victims until paramedics arrived. Nia Wilson succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her sister was taken to a nearby hospital.
Our deepest condolences are with the Wilson family during this difficult time. Hopefully law enforcement will be able to locate Cowell and bring him to justice before he injures anyone else.