Quick-Thinking Woman Stops Mugging On A Train By Faking A Medical Emergency

"I don't know why I did it."

A quick-thinking California woman saved herself from being mugged after a suspect allegedly dropped a threatening note in her lap on Bay Area train. 

Julia Dragland told a local ABC News station that she was sitting on a train when a note landed in her lap telling her to hand over her wallet and phone. At first, she tried to make eye contact with a stranger standing next to her and mouth "help," but the person got off at the next stop.


"The note said that there were two guns pointed at my head, which logistically, doesn't really make sense, cause they dropped the note," Dragland told KGO-TV. "So, I was like, 'If I fake a seizure, or fake that I'm passing out ... they could just think that I'm scared and reacting.'"

Realizing nobody was noticing her, Dragland decided to go for it: she slumped forward, started shaking, and tried to draw as much attention to herself as possible.

"People started to notice, and they were like, 'Are you OK?'" Dragland said.

Eventually, her fake medical emergency caused enough of a commotion that the perpetrator got off at the next stop. BART police said a surveillance video corroborated Dragland's story, and noted that the suspect was believed to be a white female. There was no indication, based on the video, that she was armed.

Dragland said since there were she opted not to press charges.

"At the time, I wasn't robbed, so I feel like there wasn't damages," she said. Asked where she got the idea to fake a seizure, Dragland just smiled and shrugged.

"It might have been 'Law and Order,' I don't know why I did it," she told the news outlet.


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