Homeless Man Arrested in Fatal Push at Powell Street BART Station

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Written By Lori Walker

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A suspect has been arrested for pushing a 74-year-old woman onto the tracks of a San Francisco train, leading to her death.

Trevor Belmont, 49, also known as Hoak Taing, was taken into custody for allegedly pushing Corazon Dandan at Powell Street station. Authorities describe Belmont as homeless.

The incident occurred around 11:05 PM on Monday, according to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police. Dandan was pushed just as a train was arriving, causing her to hit her head on the train and fall onto the platform.

She was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital but tragically passed away from her injuries.

Dandan’s niece mentioned she was pushed while returning home from work. Dandan had worked for 40 years as a telephone operator at the Westin St. Francis hotel in Union Square, commuting the same route nightly, sometimes finishing as late as 1 AM.

Her nephew, Dr. Alvin Dandan, described her as a brave and independent woman who supported him through medical school. She was in the process of building a vacation home in her native Philippines when the incident occurred.

Belmont was apprehended shortly after the incident and faces charges including murder and causing injury to an elderly or dependent adult.

This incident marks the first homicide on the BART system this year.

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