Woman escapes mugging by using trick from TV's Law & Order

A US woman has faked having a seizure in order to escape a mugging after being slipped a terrifying note.

The New York Post reports Julie Dragland was on her way home to Dublin in Ohio on Saturday and boarded a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train in Daly City when a person sat behind her and handed her the threat before 5pm local time, according to NBC Bay Area.

"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, scribbled in red ink, read. "Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center + you will live."

Julie Dragland faked a seizure to escape a mugging. Picture: Facebook
Julie Dragland faked a seizure to escape a mugging. Picture: Facebook

But instead of becoming a possible victim, the quick-thinking woman pretended to have a seizure - a tactic she learned from Law and Order. This prompted the suspect, who boarded the train in downtown San Francisco, to flee at the next station.

"So I … if I fake a seizure or fake like I'm passing out, I'm not even not complying," she told CBS San Francisco. "I'm scared and reacting so, I started slumped over to the left and started shaking and people started to notice and they're like, 'Are you okay? Are you okay?'"

Ms Dragland tweeted about the incident, along with a picture of the note, according to CBS San Francisco.

"Someone just tried to rob me 'at gunpoint' on bart. they sat behind me and dropped this note into my lap," she wrote on Twitter.

The terrifying note handed to the would-be victim. Picture: Twitter
The terrifying note handed to the would-be victim. Picture: Twitter

Ms Dragland described the suspect to police as an older white woman with a suitcase. She said she wouldn't press charges if the person was caught because she wasn't actually robbed.

But the ordeal still left her shaken up.

"I was terrified and then I started to be like, is somebody really going to shoot someone for a phone and a wallet? I don't know. I started to question it a little bit, but I was still really scared," she said.

BART pulled surveillance video from the train, which was reviewed by police. There were about 15 other people in the train car and no one else reported the incident, cops said.

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