BART Central receive a suspicious call warning an explosive was left at the station. Protocol guidelines were followed and the area was cleared. The station was reopened and the system was delayed 15 minutes. TSOC was notified. TSOC 02-04884-20
A patron called the station agent via the courtesy phone to report a bomb at the Nineteenth Street Station. The station was evacuated and trains were held out of the station. The station was searched with negative results. Artis Thurmond (39 years old, San Francisco) was detained and subsequently arrested for 647 (f) P.C., 11350 H&S and 11364.1 H&S which are unrelated to the bomb threat. Thurmond was booked at the Santa Rita Jail. The bomb threat and Thurman's possible involvement are under investigation.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office reported a male was making bomb threats via his cellphone on social media. The cellphone was in the area of the Embarcadero Station. Officers checked the area with negative results. Dispatch was advised a short time later that the male was at our Daly City Station. Officers detained the male on a train at the Daly City Station. A patron later alerted officers that there was an unattended backpack on the same train. The train was held at the San Francisco Airport, the train was evacuated along with the station. After the train was searched and deemed safe, the station was reopened. The male was placed on a psychiatric hold, with a criminal hold for terrorist threats and false bomb threats. There were no direct threats made towards the BART system. TSOC was notified.
Officers responded to an anonymous report of a person in possession of a bomb on a Richmond bound train. The train was held and searched with negative results. TSOC notified.
An adult male suspect entered the station and stated to the reporting party (R/P), that he had planted two bombs inside the station and everybody should get out, before quickly walking away. The R/P felt the suspect, and the statement made, was very suspicious and reported it to the station agent. As a precaution, the station was evacuated for approximately one hour as BART PD and SFPD explosive detection K-9’s swept the station. No suspicious devices were located and the station was reopened. A short time later, SFPD officers detained the suspect, who matched the description initially provided by the R/P, near the station. The R/P and another witness positively identified the suspect. The suspect was placed under arrest on the above listed charges and booked into the SF County Jail. TSOC was notified and station video was requested.
Hayward Police received a call from an unknown reporting party advising of a bomb aboard an A/C Transit bus arriving at the BART station’s bus zone area; the bus and immediate area were cleared of passengers and pedestrians shortly after the initial call. BART canine officers responded, along with several Union City Police officers. The incident bus was swept by the canine teams, but no suspicious or explosive devices were located. Meanwhile, Hayward Police performed a check of the public telephone from which the initial report originated, but did not locate anyone or anything suspicious. Train service was minimally impacted and TSOC was notified.
Officers, including canines, responded to the station regarding the anonymous report of a bomb. The entire station was searched, but no suspicious devices were located. As a result of this incident, there was a delay in service. TSOC notified.
SFPD reported that they received a phone call from a subject who claimed there was a bomb in the station. No specific time or location was given. SFPD as well as BART officers responded and checked the station while train run-through’s were performed with negative results. Station video is to be requested and evidence collected from the payphone where the call was made from.
The Walnut Creek Police Officers requested, and were provided with, the assistance of BART Police canines as a high school in their city received a written bomb threat from an unknown source. BART canines searched the school over the course of nearly 1.5 hours, but did not locate any suspicious devices. Walnut Creek Police then continued with their criminal investigation related to the threat.
An identified patron advised the station agent at the Montgomery Station that there was a subject in the lead car of a Millbrae bound train who spoke about explosives and blowing up the train. The train was held at the 16th St. Station while SFPD and BART units converged to that location. Trains were held out and the train and station was temporarily evacuated and closed. SFPD bomb dogs responded and searched both the trains and platform with negative results. SFPD officers detained a subject who matched the description on the street level nearby the station. Officers made contact with the original party but she stated she would not be able to respond to the station. Further investigation revealed that the suspect was mentally unstable and a danger to others. The suspect was transported to the SF General Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. The station was reopened and trains released at 1611 hours; resulting in an approximately 50 minutes. Notification was made to TSOC.
A anonymous caller called the California Highway Patrol via 911 and stated that he intended to place a bomb at the Richmond BART Station. The caller refused to provide his name or further information, but the CHP was able to trace the call to an address in Rancho Cordova, CA. CHP requested that the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office send deputies to the address to investigate. Meanwhile, BART officers checked Richmond Station, which was closed at the time the call was received. Nothing suspicious was located at the station. Sacramento County deputies contacted the caller and determined that he was a twelve year old boy, who made the call as a result of a dispute with his mother. Deputies determined that there was no merit to the bomb threat. TSOC notified.
An anonymous user sent a bomb threat to dispatch via the BART Watch cell phone application. The message indicated that there was an explosive device on board a Pittsburg and SF Airport bound train. The sender indicated that this was not a joke, but provided no further information. Requests for additional information went unanswered. Officers searched all circulating Pittsburg and SFO bound trains, but found no suspicious items. The sender had enabled the location feature on his phone, and the message was sent to an address in Antioch. Records showed that a person attached to that address had a long criminal history, including an arrest by BART PD. Officers went to the address and contacted a resident there. The resident had three no-bail arrest warrants for theft and probation violations. Officers arrested the man for his outstanding warrants. They also conducted a probation search of the man's room and located a cell phone. The investigation continues to determine if the suspect can be charged with making a false report of an explosive device. The suspect was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility for his outstanding warrants. There was no significant delay in service as a result of this incident. TSOC and NCRIC notified.
A patron reported via cell phone application that a person on the Daly City bound train was acting strangely. The man was talking loudly to himself and acting as if he was mentally unstable or under the influence of narcotics. The man was described as a white male, about 35 years old, wearing a gray shirt and carrying a large toy stuffed dog. The man mumbled something to the effect that there was a bomb inside his toy dog. The reporting party exited the train at Embarcadero Station. Officers intercepted the train at Balboa Park Station, but the man was not on the train. Patrons reported that he got off the train at either Montgomery or Powell Street Station. Officers checked both stations, but did not locate the man. TSOC notified.
A patron reported that there was a subject who walking down the consist claiming that here was a bomb on-board the train. The reporting party advised that the suspect stated this somewhere between the Macarthur and 19th St. Stations. The train was held at the Hayward Station and the station, platforms, and train was briefly evacuated. The train was searched by officers, a sergeant, and a K9 officer searched the train consist with negative results. The train was held at the station for approximately 40 minutes. The suspect was described as a Black male in his 40’s, slim build, short black hair, wearing a burgundy flannel shirt, and black jeans. TSOC was notified.
Richmond Police requested the assistance of BART Police canines in order to search a large facility in their city in response to a bomb threat. Canine officers responded and, after a lengthy search, were unable to locate any explosive devices.
Dispatch received a transfer from the CHP that an anonymous person said an explosive device was on board an AC Transit bus at the station. The bus was ultimately cleared of passengers and the station was closed while BART Police and Alameda County deputies searched the area. The county explosive ordinance detail unit arrived at the scene and determined there was no explosive device on the bus. K-9s searched the station and surrounding area with negative results. Revenue service was restored after approximately two hours. TSOC notified.