A person was placed under arrest for illegal use of a fire extinguisher and battery, and was issued a BART prohibition order. The person will be booked after release from the John George Facility for a psychiatric evaluation.
Gregory Belvin (24 years old, Oakland) was a arrested for 148 (a) (1) P.C. , 11364.1 H&S, 69 P.C. and 640 (D) (2) P.C. at the Lake Merritt Station. Belvin was issued a prohibition order and booked at the Santa Rita Jail.
San Bruno FD requested that our station be closed due to a possible natural gas leak coming from the shopping mall next door to the station. Trains were run through without stopping and the station was closed for about 15 minutes while SBFD and PG&E officials investigated. The station was reopened after about 15 minutes.
The train operator of the Pittsburg bound train reported that a patron had discharged some type of chemical inside the lead car of the train. A patron activated the emergency door release, stopping the train about 150 yards short of the platform. Nine patrons then self-evacuated to the right of way and stood on the tracks to get fresh air. The train operator got the patrons to re-board the train and the train moved to the platform, where officers intercepted the train. Officers determined that a female patron on the train had accidentally triggered a canister of pepper spray that was inside her purse while looking for another item. Patrons on the crush load train panicked and activated the door release. The release of pepper spray was determined to be accidental and no one reported any injuries. The lead car of the train was taken out of service, but the train re-boarded and continued normal service. There was about a 10 minute delay in service. TSOC notified.
Officers and Contra Costa County Firefighters responded to the north parking lot regarding an active vehicle fire there. On their arrival, firefighters extinguished the fire which was determined to have originated from a vehicle’s engine compartment. A total of six vehicles were affected by the fire, but no citizens were injured; and train service was not interrupted. Firefighters determined the fire was caused by mechanical failure, and not connected to any criminal act.
Officers responded to a report by witnesses of a suspicious person who off-boarded a Millbrae bound train at the MacArthur Station in possession of two handguns and left behind a silver briefcase on the train. Trains were delayed for approximately 20 minutes while the train was evacuated and searched. A bomb detection canine assisted in clearing both the train and the suitcase, which proved negative as an explosive device. Officers were unable to locate the possible suspect. TSOC notified.
A patron reported via cell phone that there was an suspicious package on board the Richmond bound train approaching West Oakland Station. A backpack was tucked under a seat at the end of the lead train car. The train was held while officers responded to investigate. Officers located the backpack and were able to determine that it contained nothing hazardous. Trains were delayed about 15 minutes as a result of this incident. TSOC and NCRIC notified.
BART officers reported hearing an explosion near a train on the platform at the Civic Center Station. The platform was filled with smoke which caused officers to evacuate the patrons from the station. San Francisco police and fire also responded. BART Central supervisor reported the smoke was caused by brake overload on the Pittsburg/Baypoint bound train at the station. After the fire department gave clearance, trains were released at hours. Video Hotline notified.
While on routine patrol, an officer discovered a suspicious looking object that appeared to look like a pipe bomb underneath a vehicle in the Pleasanton side parking lot. BART Central, Pleasanton Police, TSOC, and the Alameda County Bomb Squad were all notified. The scene was cleared of traffic while a department bomb dog determined the object was a broken sprinkler valve.
A station agent reported seeing approximately a dozen males in their early 20s wearing black hoodies smash the top of the fare gates with claw hammers. The suspects also sprayed painted the words “Charles Hill” and “Oscar” on the station floor and wall, and broke the flower vendor booth lights. The suspects fled toward a nearby park, and were gone upon the arrival of officers. All fare gate Clipper Card readers were broken, but the revenue ticket readers were still operational. A hammer, spray can, and personal effects possibly belonging to the suspects were recovered outside the station. TSOC notified. 1109-1098 L12.
At 1519 hrs., the LAS station agent reported that near the northside ticket vendors there were 3 plastic laboratory vials, inside a rubber glove, atop a trash can. A sergeant and K-9 officer responded. They summoned the fire dept., who called out their hazmat team. The hazmat team removed the material. The hazmat team supervisor said that had acid, which was in one vial, been mixed with iodine, which was in another other vial, and "the oxidizer base" (unk. material), which was in the third vial, it could have caused a small-pressure explosion. That would have released a vapor that could make people ill. There was no service disruption as a result of this incident. It was not necessary to evacuate the station. Just the affected area was blocked off. The situation was resolved at approx. 1715 hrs. The JTTF officer was notified, as was the TSA's TSOC. The incident is being investigated and documented.
Several patrons reported smoking coming from the bike lockers at the station, which are directly below the track way. The smoke changed to a small fire. El Cerrito Fire Department arrived on scene a few minutes later and extinguished the fire. ECPD stated the fire was caused by an accelerant and appears intentional. Four bike lockers were damaged, as was one bicycle that was in one of the lockers. There are no suspects at this time. BART Central was advised of incident as it was transpiring and there was no interruption to BART train service.
Officers responding to an alarm at the structure discovered smoke on the 4th floor. Fire personnel arrived and determined there was no damage to property. There was no delay in trains or service. TSOC notification made. 1102-3245 L12.
An unknown suspect released a gas or liquid irritant near the primary MUNI fare gates. About 50 people reported coughing, throat irritation and trouble breathing. The investigation conducted by San Francisco PD and Fire Department revealed the irritant was likely pepper spray. Four people (including two MUNI station agents) were transported to the hospital as a precaution. No BART patrons reported feeling the effects of the substance. The MUNI and BART platforms, as well as the station concourse were checked for suspicious items, with negative results. TSOC was notified of the incident.
The department's CSO vehicle caught on fire while parked at 9th and Madison Streets. A fire investigator determined that arson was the cause of the fire. The investigation is on going at this time. TSA notification made. 1101-0755 L12.
San Leandro Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at the corner of San Leandro Blvd and Marina Blvd, approximately 50 yards away from BART’s aerial track way. The driver of the vehicle was on active parole. The suspect was acting strangely and had a fake license plate attached to the vehicle. San Leandro Police conducted a search of the suspect’s vehicle and inside of the trunk located a suspicious shoebox that appeared to be wired with an alarm attached. San Leandro Officers immediately set up a perimeter around the vehicle. Train service was stopped in both directions and the San Leandro Station, which is only several blocks away, was closed until it could be searched. Alameda County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad arrived on scene and after a thorough investigation determined that BART service could be restored in both directions. A BART Police K9 and several BART Police Officers performed a sweep of the interior and exterior of San Leandro Station for anything suspicious and met with negative results. Service was restored at 1010 hours.
On 10/04/10 at 0916 hours BART Police Officers responded to the Montgomery Street Station in San Francisco for a report of an unattended black suitcase left on the city streets near the Montgomery and Market BART entrance. A check for the suitcase met with negative results.
Service to the Millbrae Station was disrupted for nearly three hours after a suspicious device was found on a bus at the Caltrain side of the station. The San Mateo County Sheriffs Dept. shut down Caltrain service and eventually their bomb squad used a water cannon to neutralize the item which turned out to be harmless.
The station agent at AHS reported for duty and discovered a USPS mail truck appearing to be abandoned in the parking lot. The truck had no license plates and no VIN. Dispatch called the USPS and they could not locate any information on the vehicle nor did they know why it was at AHS. At approximately 05:08, the USPS called back and stated that the truck had broken down there while picking up mail. While the investigation took place, AHS was shutdown and trains were run through the station.
Montgomery St. station was closed to pedestrians and revenue service for an hour after an anonymous citizen turned a suspicious package over to the station agent. The zone sergeant and other officers responded, examined the contents which they found suspicious enough to call for an explosives detection K9. The K9 failed to alert on the object which was later found to be a possible battery case.
A security guard reported that a water bottle containing ball bearings exploded. Officers arrived and determined that no ball bearings were involved and the bottle exploded due to the mixing of a chemical (such as drain cleaner) with aluminum foil pieces. No injuries were sustained. No suspects were located.
Dispatch received a call from SFPD advising a caller made a threat of a bomb being planted at the station. Trains were held out of the station momentarily as officers searched for the device without success. 0803-0382. L18.
Service to the station was halted for several minutes after SFPD advised of a suspicious device on a walkway leading to the BART terminal. An SFPD bomb dog initially alerted to the object but after further examination it was determined to be safe.