OAKLAND — An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death Thursday night by a man he was trying to rob at the Fruitvale BART station, authorities said Friday.

The dead man was identified as Christopher Gonzalez, who lived near the station and worked at the Oakland Coliseum and also for his family's roofing business, relatives told authorities.

His suspected accomplice in the robbery was identified by authorities as Victor Veliz, also 18, of Oakland.

Veliz was charged Friday by the Alameda County district attorney's office with murder and armed robbery. He was charged with murder because his criminal activity resulted in the death of someone.

About 9:30 p.m. Thursday, a 23-year-old East Coast man, who was in Oakland visiting relatives, was in the parking lot next to the station's parking garage when two suspects approached him.

Veliz flashed a knife at the man, and Gonzalez claimed to have a gun, although one was not seen, authorities said.

The victim was robbed of his cell phone and other personal items before he grabbed the knife from Veliz and stabbed Gonzalez. Authorities said the man was scared he might be harmed and was acting in self-defense.

The suspects fled on foot, and the victim ran to a nearby fast-foot restaurant, where he told an Oakland police officer what had just happened. He also gave the officer the bloody knife.


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A few moments later, there was a 9-1-1 call from a nearby house reporting a stabbing. Gonzalez and Veliz were both found at the house. Gonzalez died at the scene. Authorities said Veliz, who was not harmed, had the victim's cell phone on him.

BART police are still investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to call 877-679-7000, ext. 7040.