BART Police at the downtown Berkeley station (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso

A Richmond man was arrested at the downtown Berkeley BART station after authorities say he hit a 5-year-old who bumped into him by mistake.

Authorities said the child “inadvertently bumped into him while on the train,” and the man responded by “striking” the 5-year-old.

According to the BART Police, the child was taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. The incident took place at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday.

Police identified the arrested man as 19-year-old Raymond Benson. He was arrested on suspicion of willful harm to a child and battery on a transit passenger. He was issued a stay-away order from BART.

Benson remains in custody at Berkeley Jail, as of Thursday afternoon, with a bail of $110,000, according to court records online.

His first scheduled court appearance was not listed as of publication time.

Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...