An elderly couple was riding on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train in California when they suddenly spotted a young woman appearing to have a seizure. As most anyone would do, they immediately rushed over to help. However, when they got a little closer, they were left horrified to see what was in her hand.
Julie Dragland was riding on a BART train one afternoon as she commonly does when the mundane activity took a turn for the worst. As soon as she heard someone take a seat behind her, she felt something on her lap. What it was scared her right to the core, and immediately, she began to have a “seizure.”
Unfortunately, it would later become clear that Dragland wasn’t seizing at all – she was actually trying to save her own life. What had fallen on her lap was a threatening note that read: “There are 2 guns pointed at you now,” according to Fox News Insider. It continued, “If you want to live hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet (sp). Do not turn around until after you have left civic center + you will live.”
Of course, instead of merely complying with the criminal’s demands, she immediately attempted to get help. “When I read the note, I started freaking out,” she said, according to SF Gate. “I did not want to give up my stuff, but I had no idea who was behind me.”
At first, she tried to subtly alert a man standing nearby her by mouthing, “Help me,” but was left feeling defeated when he didn’t help. Then, remembering something she had seen on Law & Order, she decided that the only other option was to get the attention of the whole train by faking a seizure.
“I probably looked very ridiculous,” she said. “I slumped sideways and started shaking and crying. I closed my eyes and increased the vigor so people would pay attention.” It was then that the couple came to her aide, and she continued to “seize” until she was positive the couple had seen what was in her hand – the threatening note.
She suspects her “seizure” scared the culprit off at the next stop, who she also thinks was an older woman with a suitcase. BART police searched the area but did not find anyone matching Dragland’s description. However, they are currently investigating further and are searching through security footage to help locate the criminal.
It must have been terrifying to realize that someone had slipped her a note, threatening her life, and they were right behind her. It takes a brave person to ignore the threat and to think clearly enough to come up with a way to get help as not many people would be able to do that. Although it may have looked ridiculous when she faked a seizure, there were few other options, and it’s better to be living today than to have died trying to run away. This is a perfect example of how to get out of a dangerous situation and many people could learn from the tip; it just might save the life of someone you love.