John Lee Cowell

Oakland police arrested a suspect in the stabbing attacks on 18-year-old Nia Wilson and her sister at the MacArthur Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station on Sunday.

Police say John Lee Cowell, 27, approached and stabbed Wilson and her 26-year-old sister, Latihfa Wilson, moments after they exited a train at the MacAthur Station.

Cowell was taken into custody around 6:50 p.m. Monday at the Pleasant Hill BART Station. Surveillance video showed him stripping off his bloody shirt just after the knife attacks. Officials recovered the knife at a nearby construction site.

Nia Wilson

The two women did nothing to provoke Cowell who approached from behind and slit their throats with a knife.

Nia Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene. Her sister was transported to an area hospital where she is listed in stable condition.

Nia's mother said her daughter had expressed concerns about the safety of the BART Stations.

“She was less than 100 pounds soaking wet. This man just came up and did all this to my baby,” an emotional Alicia Greyson told KPIX. “My baby didn’t deserve this. She hated BART. She was always saying, ‘Mama, I’m scared of BART.'"

  • YaYa

    this world today...

    that man is a POS...

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    So let me get this straight, a suspected white supremacist attempts to murder two innocent black females, actually murders one, fleas and is hidden by other white supremacists and finally turned into the police who have been infiltrated with white supremacists as a way to escape actually justice?

  • https://www.instagram.com/nymagee/ Ny MaGee

    And I bet he's a Trump supporter.

  • EMILY POST

    Wow attacking a person for no reason... What a super loser... attacking a small girl waiting for the BART. California is so out of control nothing shocks me. So many weirdos out in the world.

  • Trace da Ace

    damn.....

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Nailed it!

  • dru and neil

    So I guess BART is getting sued based off the mother’s comments.

  • Coy little wink

    Glad they caught him sucks they didn't shoot his azz tho...no death penalty in CA

  • HIS4EVA

    GM any Roses still in the garden? i need advice... lmk please and ty!

  • NuBeauty

    Watch they pulled that "Mentally Unstable" BS on this. If they do....everyone who has black skin need to rise up....and go bat shit crazy. I'm so sick of seeing things get done to black people and this country wants to play a blind eye. So worried about other countries but your own damn country is soooo out of control. Oh yeah, I forgot....the killings of blacks is not a national issue. So sick of this sh*t mannnnnn…….black people have to come together and do something to save us. PROTESTING IS NOT GOING TO DO SH*T.....Another plan of action have to be the way because they are wiping us out if you all cannot see it. *Let me go talk to the spirits.....this sh*t has to stop*

  • SpillyNillie

    Of course they are...they wouldn't have it any other way.

  • NuBeauty

    As much as I hate to say but you are absolutely right. I can see the news now. This really hurts my soul and pisses me off so bad.

  • Sdot33

    OMG so sad....God bless her soul and prayers to her family

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    I'm am so in agreement with you.... But I'm convinced that the spirits of the past are REINCARNATED. Folk forget that there are 2 spirits... Good and Evil. Energy never dies but transferred. From the raping in the sheds of black men thus this insurgent of black men thinking they are women transforming and relying on there sexual performance on other men and bragging ANDCDEMANDING ACCEPTANCE to solidify there existence and EVEN THE WOMEN TRANSFORMING... TO MURDERING OF BLACKS BY WHITES AND BLACK A BLIND EYE BEING TURNED!

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    you Do know black people kill white people also don’t you?

  • hottlanta

    Wow this is truly a black history moment. They aint neva caught a white man this fast for killing a black woman.

  • NuBeauty

    YOU DO KNOW.....white people done killed people who do not have white skin …..waaayyyy more than anyone in all lifetimes.... so please miss me with that BS

  • Around the world

    He's apart of the Hardcore RACIST gang called "The proud boys".

  • Darkandlovely617?

    Hey girl hey

  • Renee26

    Fry his azz

  • MsPam

    Kudos to Nia’s godfather for calming people down because some folks wanted to have a reason to tear up Oakland.

  • HIS4EVA

    hey boo. thanks for responding. i just remember the days when u ladies would drop sum jewels and im stuck at this here desk with no one to vent to... u mind???

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    The sliver lining is that he is on video & he is arrested.
    This is so sick.
    God Bless this family.

  • MJF

    Vent sis, by the way, don't let anyone steal your shine! Today is a new day <3

  • Renee26

    Are you open to receiving unfiltered advice or you just want to get it off ya chest

  • HIS4EVA

    thanks! cus I am feeling a little defeated... well I let my bipolar out on someone tht I think was really down for me and idk wats wrong with me sumtimes. I don't even know where to begin

  • MJF

    Very true, it makes me feel sick to my stomach but at least it's moving in the right direction of convicting this animal.

  • HIS4EVA

    of course, look where I came asking for help. pour it on me

  • Renee26

    Chile we've seen that happen before and no justice was served. I hope he doesn't get off with a slap on the wrist mental defense for doing this to these girls

  • Renee26

    Ok honey go ahead

  • MJF

    I actually have a close friend that suffers from bpd; its hard but if that person truly loves you they will understand. Especially if you were having a moment. Pray about it and don't be so hard on yourself. I mean I know you might not want to hear all that but its the truth. It happened already and if they really love you, they will allow you explain yourself.

  • HIS4EVA

    thats the trouble, he doesn't really know me. we were trying to get to know each other. i mean my waves are harmless i just get filled with fear then rage and feel the need to protect myself. and want to remove myself or ppl to remove themselves. i probably look nuts!

  • HIS4EVA

    i posted it above or below. i would love your input

  • Renee26

    Are you on medicine to stabilize your moods? I dated a guy who was biolar and it was very toxic because he was mentally and emotionally abusive when he would be off those meds.... So if you have them take them in order to make this and any other relationship work better. Most people run when faced with drama too soon. If he doesn't already know your situation explain it to him.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Those were white cops. Oakland will burn if this red neck gets off.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920
  • HIS4EVA

    i do not take medication. i really would never want to be on medication to stabilize my moods. i would rather rely on faith, meditation, positive vibes. i wouldnt want any man made meds to control my mind. it seems to happen when i smoke my trees i get paranoid. crazy i know. i spend a lot of time alone so getting with someone willing to be down w me was special. i mean i think this is the 1st time i am seeing this as a problem

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    So have arabs and Chinese and blacks Africans killed 250,000 opposing tribal memeber a in rawanada in 2 months

  • MJF

    I'm originally from the Caribbean and we definitely rely on faith, meditation and being positive so I can understand that..hold up off the trees because if it makes you anxious instead of calming you down then you don't need it. Try a therapist? I heard it helps although me personally would not want to pour my heart out to a therapist for them to say "I see" and put me on meds. Monitor your moods, and if it's more than you can handle, maybe you should look into professional help.

  • Ryan

    Robert E. Lee Bennett is a racist troll. Came here not to offer condolences or say glad that this piece of ish was captured but only to say negative opinions about black people.

  • Ryan

    Throw him in GP and please don't let them try to pull that mental illness lie to let him get away with it!

  • HIS4EVA

    thank you! I guess this is something I need to address. but chin up!

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    The Godfather is the biggest coon if I’ve ever seen one. Stand down for what? He doesn’t know if it was a racist attack? He is fearful for HIS life?! What a f-king coward.

  • dru and neil

    I was wondering why is this turning into a riot exactly? It’s a terrible crime but it’s turning into a civil rights violation, BLM is involved. I must have missed some details. Was there a civil rights violation?

  • RealATLPeach36

    Now turn him over to the father, and let him do WHATEVER he wants to his ass...EYE for an EYE

  • RealATLPeach36

    It will get worse before it gets better....

  • dru and neil

    So this is a racially motivated hate crime, not just a lunatic committing a disgusting act of violence? I need to go back and read up on this some more.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    They system is rigged! Shame on black folks who really believe it will provide justice this time...how dumb can you be and how many people must die before it is understood that the a house cannot be divided?

  • MJF

    any time girl, keep ya head up for sure

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Based on the last 1000 years of history it would be logical for blacks to AUTOMATICALLY ASSUME that it is racially motivated until proven otherwise.

  • dru and neil

    Saw a news report online in reference to the attack and apparently this is the third stabbing at a BART station in Oakland in a week? Someone else was killed too, but by a black man. Maybe people need to focus on the lack of security at BART instead of turning this into a race riot.
    People riot against the police when there’s an unjustified killing but for good reason, they are in a position of power and should be serving and protecting..
    People riot and protest when there’s a threat to justice because that effects us all. This man was some racist degenerate drifter with no life who was arrested within a day of the crime. What’s with the riot?

  • goat

    Probably because its not being treated as hate crime. Probably because how we get treated in Amerikkka's justice system.

  • Carla
  • Sid

    Send your comment to the prosecutor on this case pleaSe

  • NuBeauty

    I see but I do not care for his words. All killings of blacks has got to me but this one just got to me bad. I hurt because a whole race of people suffer so much with everything because of the color of our skin. The world wants to love each other so much but how can we when all we see is black people getting killed all the time. Yes, I admit, we have our own problems within but being mistreated all the time with no breaks, it get tiresome to look at. I hurt for my fellow black individuals (yes, my sistahs and brothas) because we go through some much unfairness that I see a lot of my people so lost of hope. I want the power show us that even through the bs, we are powerful. As much as the world TRY to destroy us...TOGETHER WE CAN STAND STRONG. I love my black people, even with the crazy mess we do to each other....I just love us. I try to not have hatred in my soul for other races but as a black woman myself....I can't keep seeing this. My soul is not sitting right and changes need to be made. I swear....I'm so scared for my boys to go out in this world.....and that part is very sad. Sorry for the long comment....thinking all of this has got me in my feelings. That could have been my sister, cousin, daughter, aunt...hell, anybody. Bless the family through this time. Praying for strength and peace.

  • BingBangBoom

    Public transportation can be very dangerous especially at night. schizophrenia and psychosis are real people! Some of these homeless people are armed and dangerous. Please be careful and alert at all times.

  • NuBeauty

    So basically, all of y'all are some fu*ked up individuals. Your comment didn't prove nothing. Trust, in due time....Nature will enforce its karma. Happy Trails!!!!

  • Cocoa Rose

    And they are PUNISHED severely for it. Life in prison or death row!!!!

  • NuBeauty

    I'm glad you said it. They want to know why people want to riot.....mfs is TIRED!!!! If they some how manage to sweep this under the rug....all I'm going to say...do what it do. The Justice system, Congress, President....all them big office having a55es need to see where the real problem lies because it surely is not within other countries. F*ck the whole country up I say...sh*t, enough is enough!!!

  • sceutie

    Bay Area just isn't safe -- I left in 1994 and will never set foot back in that maelstrom.

  • Nathan Hastings

    He is mentally ill and needs treatment not prison...?

  • Enoughsaid2020

    This happened to my brother, he refuses to ride any bus, or train now. Sad. Sending prayers, and strength to her sister, and family. May she rest in peace. Feed him to the sharks!

  • Around the world

    Thank you for the article.

  • goat

    For 1. It don't take an investigation to figure out if this is racial motivated. Dude is an open white supremacist, he attacked 2 random black women. He attacked them because they were black. They are definitely trying to sweep it under the rug.
    Tension were high last week concerning the safety of Maxine Waters. And supposedly a WS group was supposed to have some rally a day or 2 after the attacks.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Sorry, but he needs what he did to these girls done to him. Treatment is the easy way out.

  • NuBeauty

    I just want my black people to be careful, be aware and protected because its a war against us. May sound crazy but people need to see things for what it is and stop living in a made up world like sh*t is really good here.

  • NuBeauty

    verse pleading mental insanity...serve about 3 years in the mental ward, then back out in the world to kill again. Cocoa, don't even entertain that jerk.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    To be clear he slit their throats......he did not "stab" them. They are downplaying what this monster did......its madness.

  • Chocolate Bliss

    He needs to die! An eye for an eye

  • Chocolate Bliss

    If that happened I would go after his family for raising his ass

  • Ryan

    Aww baby girl, I understand. This stuff's been messing me up too. Just don't like people trying to come in to push their own hateful agenda.

  • Ryan

    And that was beautifully written by the way, it does feel like there's a war to try to break us down and steal our spirit. We do need to realize that in the end all we have is each other.

  • NuBeauty

    Thank you Ryan. Today world is an awful place and for that, I look at each black individual as my own blood, regardless if I know you or not. I really believe we are all we got but sadly, there are some that don't look at each other like that. I honestly feel that the universe is making all the chaos happen to black people for us to wake up and realize, we have to come together to protect us. Our history shows us that we are a force to be reckon with when we are together. Other races knows this so they encourage the hate between us or telling the lies about us for their people not to like us. I just want to be part of restoring that love, hope and believing in yourself back in to the black community. I feel like through everything we have went through throughout the years....that's the first step in change. Black people are my babies and I have to protect such a precious jewel....even if they can't see it for themselves. It's okay, WE WILL get there!

  • Ryan

    "Our history shows us that we are a force to be reckon with when we are together." <-- ALL DAY and speak it to truth!!

  • TheOwley

    omg. Bay area is full of sickos and psychos. He'll get his in prison, just wait for it.

  • DeeperthanAtlantis

    Correction, I'm stating facts as I live in the bay and as a former BART employee (with a lot of friends whom still work there); this is the third homicide not stabbing at BART within 5 days. The first was when two white guys were fighting. One of the guys had fell in the scuffle and was cut on his knee, two days later he died from an infection from the untreated cut per his autopsy. The second occurrence was when two white guys were arguing and some random brotha with mental health issues came up and cracked both of the white dudes upside their heads. One of the white dudes fell after getting punch in the head and busted his head on the ground which caused his unfortunate death. Lastly, the two sistas who saw their baby sister die right before their eyes (yes there was a third sister there that he didn't stab). Also, to you uninformed folks the reason that godfather of #SayhernameNiaWilson asked Oaklanders to stand down was because it was reported by police that there was "chatter" (their words not mine) that some white- supremacist groups where talking about something was going to go down in Oakland that weekend. Nia's godfather was trying to stop the youngsters from turning that mutha out before it was known for certain this situation was racially motivated. Yes, BART needs more security but (and I will NEVER side with cops) there were two BART police officers at the station during the attack this is why the second sister was treated so quickly. Unfortunately, where he cut Mia she died almost instantly. But, Crack-Arthur (what we locals call MacArthur) has soooo many hiding areas, the station is over two blocks long and it is not well lit at all (or at least it wasn't when I worked there). I mean I'm almost 99% certain the elevator he escaped out of is the one that lets out one the street, which is across a busy street from the station. Lastly and truly lastly for all you nerds talking about he needs help and not imprisonment a person does not need mental health help when they stab two people, consciously sneaks out of the station, consciously takes off his bloodied shirt (which was caught on camera) and consciously throws the knife away in a construction site! He knew what he was doing, people wake up!

  • DeeperthanAtlantis

    Know the facts before assuming. You can see my reply below to dru and neil as to why the godfather to #SayhernameNiaWilson asked us to stand down. We do riot and ride for the Town but not before having all the facts and we have live in the mess afterwards not you. Your businesses aren't destroyed, ours are but if a riot is called for, this is why we have insurance. Trust and believe if he goes to Santa Rita (county jail) Town-bizness will take care of him (even in protective custody) without destroying the Town.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    SAY WHAT!! FOH!!
    HE KILLED AN INNOCENT WOMAN!!!

    He deserves whats coming at him!!

  • Renee26

    I heard that!

  • Renee26

    Ok hun well don't smoke around him and when you do hide your phone so you can avoid sending messages or saying things you'd regret. Definitely let him know the reason behind your actions though so he can get a better understanding on how to deal with your mood swings.

  • HIS4EVA

    thxs @disqus_kRwjb46BP9:disqus. I think I may have ruined tht relationship... but I definitely have to be more aware of myself in the future and take things slow... not get so cuddled up b4 someone is comfortable w/ me. spent all nite and all day thinking about how i flipped out. certain thoughts trigger it then im jumping out the window!

  • Renee26

    NP....Also practice positive self talk. When you find yourself thinking negative and "trippin" without proof, tell yourself to stop and change the thoughts to something else or do something distracting....best of luck to you

  • dru and neil

    Who is “all you nerds implying he needs help?” Why did you respond to me directly instead of just posting in general since you wanted to give everybody “the facts?”
    Half the stuff you said, I’m not even in dispute of....what’s your point hun?

  • dru and neil

    So who are the rioters, rioting against specifically? The police department? The local government, city hall? The entire white population of Oakland? I went online to look for specifics and couldn’t find anything. People always assume somebody is trying to be insensitive, I’m just curious about how this led to a riot situation.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    No one said there should be a riot. What I said is stand down for what? Justice is not given by rioting or standing down. What he is asking is for blacks to not do anything at all. There is a better way- I do agree rioting isn't the answer but neither is not doing anything.

  • Erica

    Mentally ill my entire black ass..... He hid his weapon and took off the bloody clothes that is not a mentally ill person!! That is a cold and calculating killer!! I’m sick of this every time a white person Murders someone shoots up a school runs down people with a car their mentally ill!! Well I hope his mental ass gets the chair!!

  • Wayup!

    DEATH PENALTY!!!!!! LET THE PURGE BEGIN!!!

  • Jussjess25

    This monster literally deserves to be tortured! Like for the rest of his life. I feel so much hatred for this person I dont even know. So cant imagine the pain her mother must be feeling. I hope they kill and torture his ass in prison. Smfh !

  • Jussjess25

    He should be killed!! Mentally ill or not

  • Strappyheels

    How incompetent BART POLICE IS???

    They find the suspect riding on a train a while 24 + hours. And they shut the BART station down until 4:00 am, and didn’t find him until 6:20. On the same transportation system he committed a murder on..

  • Strappyheels

    Yes, it is!!

    Luckily I have been on 2 week vacation from my job. I get off at that station in the evenings.

  • Strappyheels

    NO!!

    He’s a violent felon. This has come directly from the news. Of course they have not mentioned the previous crimes.

  • Strappyheels

    Weak ass!!

  • TheOwley

    I used to live in an Oakland suburb and I never ventured into the city. Stay safe.

  • Rhondalousey

    Just stick something up your azz, what if it was your mother or sister!

  • Nathan Hastings

    Y'all niggas are sad

  • Nathan Hastings

    Ya' mammy