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Usually when people are mugged, their first thought isn't television. Fortunately for this San Francisco woman, her love of TV and a fake seizure may have saved her belongings as well as her life, as she managed to scare off her attacker by drawing attention to herself on a train. After the attacker had fled and media swarmed to hear her story, 32-year-old Julie Dragland credited many hours of watching Law & Order for giving her the idea:
I think it 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.
As for what went down SFGate reports Julie Dragland was riding the train on a Saturday when a person behind her handed her a note. The note informed Dragland that the person had two guns pointed at her and that if she wanted to live, she would hand back her wallet and phone discreetly and without turning around. Dragland initially attempted to silently mouth "help me," to a man in front of her, but when that man stepped off the train, her Law & Order knowledge kicked in and she began to fake a seizure.
Julie Dragland's performance proved convincing enough as a couple approached her and asked if she was ok. Dragland handed the couple the note, but it appeared the culprit had exited the train once the fake seizure had begun. While successful, Julie Dragland doesn't seem too confident her acting performance is necessarily worthy of Law & Order:
I probably looked very ridiculous. I slumped sideways and started shaking and crying. I closed my eyes and increased the vigor so people would pay attention.
Unlike Law & Order, it doesn't appear a court case will come of this incident anytime soon. Dragland, who described the suspect as an older woman with a suitcase, says she wishes to put the incident behind her and will not be pressing charges against the culprit if they are found. There's still hope of some resolve though, as Bay Area Rapid Transit officials are reviewing footage of the incident in hopes of finding footage of the suspect.
Law & Order is expanding its franchise next week as Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders starts Tuesday, September 26th at 10 p.m. ET on NBC. For more on that series, learn why the franchise decided to head in a new direction and the franchise veteran they've tapped for the show. For more dates for all the hottest shows of the fall season, be sure to visit our fall premiere guide.