Officers responded to a report of a man in possession of a gun while sitting inside the train. Officers arrested the subject (Ricardo Romero, 25, San Francisco) for possession of a concealed gun, which also turned out to be stolen. TSA-01-01026-18.
A station agent reported the theft of his backpack from the station agent's booth. The agent walked away from the booth at 0025 hours and thought he locked the door, but when he returned at 0035 hours, he noticed the booth door was open and his backpack, which contained his BART portable radio, orange safety manual and vouchers, was gone. There were no signs of forced entry into the booth. Station video is being requested. The Central Supervisor, the agent's supervisor and TSOC were notified (#TSA-04-10619-17).
An officer located a small bag on the outside ledge of the platform. The placement was suspicious in nature and an explosive detection K-9 indicated that the bag may contain hazardous material, so the bomb squad was called out. The station was closed and trains were not allowed to run through the station. The bomb squad was able to safely remove the bag, x-ray it and determined that it did not contain explosive materials. The station was closed for almost three hours before the item was deemed safe, the station was re-opened and normal train traffic was resumed.
Officers located an ice chest (cooler) placed near the entrance to the police substation. No threats had been received. Because no explosive detection K-9s were on duty at the time, a request went out to our allied agencies. The UC Berkeley PD had a K-9 available, but because the cooler had been placed at the entrance to the police office, they determined that it should be checked out by their bomb squad. The item was x-rayed and determined to most likely not contain explosives. It was eventually examined by one of their specialists and found to contain water and miscellaneous items (including some wire). Trains were held briefly while the item was x-rayed and again later when it was opened. TSOC was notified of the incident (TSA-07-19380-16).
A 2002 Ford utility truck was taken from the Oakland Shops between Friday, 6/3/16 and Monday 6/7/16. The vehicle was located in a parking lot nearby in Oakland and miscellaneous items were missing from the interior of the vehicle. The vehicle was processed for evidence and video evidence is being requested. TSOC notified.
A BART Station agent lost BART keys on 3-25-16 hours between 1600-1700 hours somewhere at the SLS. When they could not be located, the employee was instructed to contact the BPD for the report. TSOC was notified #TSA-04-09007-16.
An officer watched as a male fare evaded out of the Union city Station. The officer detained the male and he provided a false California ID Card and other forms of ID with other names. The male also had a passport with his photo but with another name. The male was placed under arrest for possession of a fraudulent California ID Card and false Social Security Cards. The officer was not able to identify the male. The male was booked at Santa Rita Jail for fare evasion, failure to identify himself to a police officer and possession of a fraudulent California ID Card. BART's JTTF officer and NICRIC were notified.
An officer responded to the station after a citizen reported seeing what appeared to be a live grenade in the Franklin Street satellite parking lot. The officer checked the device and determined it appeared to be a live explosive. With the assistance of Berkeley Police, local residents were evacuated from the immediate neighborhood and a safety perimeter was established. The station was closed as a precaution, and the U.C. Berkeley Police Bomb Squad responded as well. Members of the bomb squad then inspected the device and determined it was not an explosive – it was a toy. Shortly thereafter the station was reopened and residents were allowed to return to their residences. A lieutenant, two sergeants and assisting BART officers responded as well. Train service was minimally impacted as a result of this incident. TSOC notified (TSA #1508-3822).
Officers responded to a report of a man in possession of a gun on board a train. Upon contact, the suspect fled but was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. The loaded 9mm hand gun was recovered from the suspect’s person along with a large amount of packaged narcotics and approximately $1,300 in cash. One officer was slightly injured but refused medical attention. The suspect, who was currently on parole, was booked for resisting arrest, possession of a loaded weapon and possession of narcotics for sales. The suspect was also issued a 30 day BART prohibition order. TSA-07-171-76-15.
The station agent assigned to the Oakland Airport connector portion of the station reported being contacted by a Middle Eastern male, carrying what appeared to be blueprints, who stated he was a construction company employee preparing to perform work at the station. The subject asked the agent if he could take measurements while in the area. The agent asked to see the subject’s [subcontractor] BART identification card, but the subject indicated he did not have one. Upon being told by the agent that identification was required, the subject kneeled as if looking for an item or to recover a measurement. The subject then walked down to the main station’s platform level, and out of the agent’s view, after being challenged by the agent a second time. An officer responded and searched for the subject, but did not locate him. The agent further described the subject as: 40-50 years of age, 5’8” tall, 160 lbs.; wearing a black jacket, gray or green pants and carrying a black shoulder bag. Station video was requested and TSOC was notified (TSA #04-081181-15).
A male pushed and kicked another male while on the platform in an attempt to cause the victim to fall off the platform and into an approaching train. The involved parties did not know each other. After the first attempt was unsuccessful, the suspect attempted again to push the male off the platform with negative results. Several witnesses were present, and the suspect was detained by Officer N. Pianta. A search of the suspect incident to arrest resulted in the recovery of a loaded .38 caliber handgun. The suspect was placed under arrest for attempt homicide and possession of a concealed weapon. A sergeant arrived on the scene to approve the arrest and a detective was called out for follow up. The suspect suffered a laceration to his head as a result of the altercation with the victim and was taken to Martinez County Hospital prior to booking. The victim declined medical attention. Video was requested and the suspect was issued a 30 day prohibition order. TSOC notified (incident # TSA-01-00782-15).
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 train operator reported a man brandished a knife at him while on an out of service train. The subject brandished a knife at the operator after the operator woke up the man and told him he had to exit the train. The operator feared for his safety and off boarded the train. Officers contacted a person still on the train who was placed under citizen’s arrest by the operator. The subject was taken in to custody for brandishing a weapon and for possession of narcotics that was found on his person after a search incident to arrest. TSOC was notified and a prohibition order was issued.
A train operator reported seeing a man walking through the tunnel approximately 100 yards from the Berkeley Station. The subject exited from the Berkeley Station prior to the officers’ arrival, and was described by witnesses as having a blank stare. A K-9 officer conducted a search of the track area the suspect was last seen with negative results. TSOC notified.
Officers responded to a report of a person on the trackway walking toward the Montgomery Street Station. The officer contacted the subject while on the platform at Montgomery. The subject was determined to be able to care for his own safety and was clear of any prior contacts. There was no delay in service or damage to the trackway, and the subject was released at the scene. TSOC notified.
A train operator reported seeing a person under the lip of the platform as the train arrived. Arriving officers stated the person was unconscious but did not appear to have been struck by the train. The subject regained consciousness and was able to speak to the officers. Medical personnel arrived and stated the subject had no visible injuries. It was determined the subject had been sleeping under the platform overhang and showed signs of intoxication. The subject was transported to Martinez County Hospital for psychiatric evaluation and charges will be sought for trespassing. Service was restored at 0042 hours. The Trauma Response Team, TSOC and PoliceVideo were notified.
Officers responded to a report of a person under a Fremont bound train at the platform. The injured person was found conscious on the platform with major head injuries. A witness saw the person attempt to jump in front of the train, but hit the side of the train and fell onto the platform. Medical personnel arrived at the scene and transported the injured person to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley. The train was evacuated, the station was closed, and BART Central began single tracking trains. Crime Scene Technicians responded to the scene. The on-call detective, Trauma Response Team, and TSOC were notified. At 2149 hours, the investigation was completed and service was restored.
Officers responded to a report of a female who walked onto the tracks off the station platform. The female had earlier gotten into an argument with her boyfriend a few blocks from the station, became distraught, and ran into the station wayside to flee from him. A train ran road manual with officers on board and retrieved the female without incident. The female was issued a citation for trespassing. TSOC notified.
Officers responded to a report of a man in possession of a gun on the Amtrak platform. Upon their arrival, the man threw the gun across the platform and onto the BART station platform. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and the weapon was located. The suspect was taken to Martinez County Hospital due a complaint of pain from a prior injury. The suspect will be booked for possession of a concealed weapon. A lieutenant arrived at the scene to approve the arrest and conduct the use of force investigation. Train service was delayed for 16 minutes. TSOC notified.
BART Central called to report two males in the station attempting to take bicycles. Officers responded and located two suspects matching the descriptions given and detained them on the street level. One of the males was in possession of a bicycle. Both suspects were in possession of bolt cutters. After investigating and interviewing the suspects, it was determined that they had conspired to defeat the locked exterior door of the station in order to enter the closed station and remove bicycles. At the time of entry, they were in possession of burglary tools (bolt cutters, steel rod/pole and a saw). They attempted to remove multiple bikes, damaging one and taking another (recovered at the time of arrest). Detectives were notified and will conduct the follow-up investigation. Both suspects are to be booked into the Glenn Dyer Jail for burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and vandalism. One of the two is on parole and will also be booked for a parole violation. The other had a $10,000 warrant for theft and will also be booked for the warrant. TSOC was notified.
BART Central reported witnessing a man on the trackway near the north platform. The man was later detained by officers and positively identified by the employee. The subject was cited and released for trespassing. TSOC notified.
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.
A train operator reported seeing a man walking south off the platform and on the track way. Upon arrival, officers detained a person who was positively identified by the operator, but did not want to press charges. The subject was identified and released at the scene. Trains were held for six minutes. TSOC notified.
A train operator reported seeing a suspicious and unattended suitcase that was left mid platform of the station. A BART Police Officer responded and confirmed that the suitcase was suspicious in appearance and requested that the station be evacuated and closed. The station and surrounding area was secured by BART PD, Dublin PD, Pleasanton PD, ACSO, and CHP. The Alameda County EOD Team responded to investigate the suspicious suitcase. After photographing the suitcase it was decided by the EOD Team to disrupt the contents of the suitcase. The station was closed for approximately 2.5 hours until it was safe to reopen. The item was cleared at 0916 hours. A sweep for secondary devices was conducted by a BART Police K9 prior to the opening of the station. Service was restored at 1044 hours. TSOC was notified.