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Woman Escapes Alleged Mugging By Faking Seizure

She was handed a terrifying note while on a train

A Californian woman has recounted the harrowing story of how she faced an attempted mugging—and miraculously escaped.

Julie Dragland had boarded a train on Friday and was heading home when a figure in dark clothing allegedly dropped a note in her lap, CBS San Francisco reports.

“There are 2 guns pointed at you now. If you want to live hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet [sic],” the note read. “Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center + you will live

Ms Dragland responded quickly in an ingenious move: by pretending to have a seizure.

“I probably looked very ridiculous,” she told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I slumped sideways and started shaking and crying. I closed my eyes and increased the vigor so people would pay attention.”

The woman revealed her response was inspired by an episode of crime procedural Law & Order.

“I think (the idea) 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,” she said.

The alleged suspect left the train at the Powell Street BART station after Ms Dragland’s quick thinking. 

Police are now examining surveillance footage to search for the suspect, but Ms Dragland said she was not planning to charges if anyone was found.

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