Woman fakes seizure while being mugged after seeing the move on TV
I have been lucky enough to never have been mugged, or even really felt threatened in any way by a stranger. If someone was to try and get my wallet or phone off me this way, I'm not entirely sure what I would do. I know someone who was held up with a knife, and managed to get away easily by just running away as fast as he could, but would I just freeze up and end up giving up the cash?
Truth is, it's probably a lot safer to just hand over your material possessions in case your muggers are desperate enough to actually hurt you, but it's hard to know what the right thing to do is in the heat of the moment. Even if you could plan a response that would work in your favour, it's not like any hold-up is going to happen when you expect it to.
Yet this woman managed to think quick and get herself out of a tough situation using a technique no one was expecting, after seeing it on a TV Show. Julie Dragland was on her way to East Bay near San Francisco when she escaped a train hold-up by faking a seizure, something she had seen a character pull off on the TV show Law & Order.
The Californian was travelling from Daly City on a BART train when a note was placed in her lap. Written in red ink, the threatening note told her to comply with the men behind her to avoid any trouble:
"There are 2 guns pointed at you now, you want to live hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet [sic].
"Do not turn around until after you have left civic center + you will live."
Naturally, Julie started to panic, wondering what she was meant to do in the unexpected situation. "When I read the note, I started freaking out," Julie told The San Francisco Chronicle, "I did not want to give up my stuff, but I had no idea who was behind me". She tried to mouth 'help me' to a fellow passenger, but he didn't notice and left the train without giving her a second look.
Julie, realising that she had to take things down a much more unconventional route, proved that she could be pretty resourceful given the stress of the moment. The Oakland native remembered one particular episode of Law & Order and started to fake a seizure, in a way that she had seen a character do to escape a mugging. As you would expect, this attracted a lot of attention.
"I probably looked very ridiculous. I slumped sideways and started shaking and crying. I closed my eyes and increased the vigour so people would pay attention.
"I think it had something to do with watching a lot of ‘Law & Order’. I think I saw that in an episode. I was very impressed with myself."
A couple saw what was happening and came over to help, at which point Julie passed them the note. At some point during the exchange, the failed robber left the train.
She believed the culprit was an older female passenger carrying a suitcase, but the police searched the Civic Centre station they had stopped at and didn't find the lady in question. They are now looking through security footage on the train, but Julie said she would not press charges if they found the criminal, and just wants to put the events of the day behind her.