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.
A large group of about 200 protesters engaged in a protest march through downtown Oakland during the evening. The group pelted Oakland PD officers with rocks and bottles on several occasions and entered the 880 freeway from Market Street, stopping traffic in both directions for about 30 minutes. The group then approached West Oakland Station. Officers assigned to protest duty closed the gates to prevent the crowd from entering, and trains were directed to discharge passengers only. The crowd made their way to the station entrance and forced both roll-up gates partially open. Several protesters slipped under the gates and briefly entered the station, but were ejected by officers. Members of the crowd vandalized the station exterior with spray paint and one protester sprayed two officers with OC spray. The battery suspect could not be identified or arrested. All service was stopped to prevent protesters from further damaging the system. The crowd began to move away at about 2203 hours and returned to the downtown area. The officers who were sprayed performed their own first aid at the scene and were not seriously injured. Maintenance personnel were able to free the jammed gates and service was restored at about 2233 hours. TSOC notified (reference # TSA-12-27769-14).
Numerous suspects staged a protest on both platforms at the station. They locked themselves to a train car of a train at each platform. They used devices to link their arms together, so the trains could not be moved. Officers from BART Police and Oakland Police responded, as well as the Oakland Fire Department. The trains were evacuated of all patrons and the station was closed. An unlawful assembly order was given and eventually 14 people were taken into custody for interfering with a rail operation. Service was stopped for over one hour before trains began running through the station. The station remained closed until protesters on the street level left the area at 1252 hours. The 14 protesters were booked into Santa Rita and Glenn Dyer Jails. TSOC was notified.
BART and Walnut Creek Police officers responded to a report of a White male and Black male subject involved in an altercation with each other on board a SFO bound train. It was reported that both parties were armed with knives. This call came in from two separate callers. The officers arrived and conducted a hazardous train search with Walnut Creek police officers. The two parties in question were located, detained, and off-boarded, along with one of the reporting parties. Investigation into the matter revealed that neither party had a knife and that it was only a verbal altercation between the two. No one was one injured during this incident. The trains were delayed for approximately 21 minutes as a result. Neither party wished to pursue a complaint and both were subsequently released without further action. TSOC was notified.
BART’s Central supervisor saw an adult male subject, via security camera, standing on the edge of the San Francisco platform. Due to the subject’s unsafe position on the platform, three ‘public address’ announcements were made requesting that he move away from the edge. The subject, however, did not comply with the request so train service into the station was halted/delayed for 4-5 minutes as a sergeant and an officer responded. On their arrival, the sergeant and the officer contacted the subject as he continued to stand on the edge of the platform, facing the trackway and leaning forward. A records check of the subject revealed he had five (5) previous contacts/arrests for interfering with the safe operation of BART trains. The Central supervisor placed the subject under citizen’s arrest for interfering with train operations and the sergeant approved the arrest. The subject was then booked into the county jail for the (misdemeanor) crime as it was deemed likely to continue. TSOC notified.
Train control reported to the ISRC of a man underneath a Fremont bound train at the station. A sergeant and multiple officers responded as well as fire crews. The station was temporarily shut down and trains held out while officers and firefighters searched for the possible victim. Several witnesses reported seeing the subject purposefully laying down on the track way as the train arrived. While inspecting the track way, officers could hear the subject yelling from under the train. The train was uncoupled and the subject was rescued. The subject, who was coherent, was then transported to the Highland hospital for moderate injuries. Train run throughs were cleared to occur at approximately 1728 hours and the station was re-opened at 1801 hours. There was no evidence of foul play and the subject was placed under a 5150 W&I detention. Station video will be requested. TSOC was notified.
An off-duty Oakland Police officer reported to the ISRC that he possibly saw a subject wanted for murder on board a train. The subject was reportedly armed and dangerous. The train was held at the Macarthur Station. Officers conducted a high-risk train search but were unable to locate the subject. The train was subsequently released. The trains were held for approximately 17 minutes while the officers staged, cleared the station, and searched the incident train.
Officers responded to a report of a male in the trackway and walking towards the Bay Fair Station. Officers responded to the area and located the male at Elgin and Videll St. Officers removed the male from the trackway and determined the male was a danger to himself and others. The male was placed under an emergency psychiatric hold. The delay in service was less than 3 minutes. A track inspector responded to inspect the trackway for possible tampering or sabotage but the tracks were clear. The male was transported to a local hospital.
Officers responded to the 16th Station for a report of a male on the walkway between the 16th and 24th Street BART Stations. Trains were slowed to road manual operations and the subject was located by a train operator. The operator was able to board the male onto the train and transport him to 16th Street. The male off boarded and fled from the station before officers arrived. Train service was delayed for 6 minutes. Officer Turner completed an incident report.
Officers responded to a report of a person underneath an East Bay bound train at the station. Upon arrival, officers contacted a person who had reportedly fell onto the trackway prior to the train’s arrival, and made it safely up to the platform. According to witnesses, the person tripped on his pants and fell onto the platform. The person suffered a minor bruise to his elbow and was treated and released at the scene by paramedics. The officers determined the subject was not a danger to himself or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Firefighters arrived at the scene and made a precautionary search underneath the train with negative results. The station was temporarily closed and service was delayed for 37 minutes.
The ISRC received a phone call from the Alameda County Fire Department that there was a homeless encampment fire under the track way. The fire department further advised both the ISRC and Central that their fire crews were on the track way actively engaged with fighting the fire and requested that trains be held. A sergeant and several officers responded to the location and were able to determine that the fire department was not on our track way and that they were fighting the fire from a location nearby. The trains were released after about a 20 minute hold and the fire was eventually extinguished. There was no one found within the encampment area.
A patron on the Richmond bound train reported via Elerts that there was a suspect on the train who was brandishing a switchblade knife. The reporting party did not respond to requests for further information. Responding BART and San Francisco PD officers searched the train and located the reporting party and suspect. The investigation determined that the suspect had a small pocket knife in his possession, rather than a switchblade, and that no crime had been committed. The suspect was identified and released. The Richmond train was delayed about 13 minutes as a result of this incident.
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.
Patrons aboard a Dublin/Pleasanton train reported a male was threatening to shoot patrons aboard the train, no weapon was brandished. The suspect was described a Black male, all black clothing and carrying a white bag. Trains were held on the platform with doors open. Prior to the arrival of the officers, the suspect exited the train that was holding on platform #1 and disappeared off video camera. Officers arrived and searched both trains for the suspect, with negative results. Trains were released and trains were directed to conduct run troughs until the station was searched. Once the station was cleared, train service resumed. Train service was delayed for approximately 20 minutes.
Patrons reported two males involved in a fight on the Millbrae bound train. Officers and SFPD officers responded and located both parties. The investigation determined that the suspect battered the victim on the train. The victim declined to make a complaint. Officers determined that the suspect qualified for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. He was detained and transported to San Francisco General Hospital for evaluation. He was issued a prohibition order prior to booking. The Millbrae train was delayed about 11 minutes as a result of this incident.
Train operators reported that a black female suspect was acting erratically and was banging on train windows. The woman was attempting to force open the doors of trains by pulling the doors apart as the trains left the station. An officer located the woman, who appeared to be passed out on an SFO bound train. The officer determined that the woman was intoxicated in public and he attempted to place her under arrest. The woman resisted being arrested and additional BART and Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputies responded to assist. The woman was taken into custody for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Paramedics at the scene believed she was under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine. The woman was medically cleared at County Hospital and then booked at the Martinez Detention Facility. There was a 13 minute delay in service.
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 deployed for a crowd event at the Oracle Arena reported hearing shots fired. A male gunshot victim ran into the station with an apparent bullet wound to the arm. Code 3 medical attention was requested, but the victim declined assistance and refused to cooperate. He left the station in a vehicle with several friends before medical aid could arrive. The suspect was only described as a black male, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. The suspect reportedly fled on foot, possibly back toward the Arena. Trains were held briefly while officers checked the station and platform, but no one matching the suspect description was located. Evidence was located on the pedestrian walkway that connects the Coliseum complex with the BART station that indicated the shooting took place in Oakland PD's jurisdiction. OPD was unable to respond, so our officers collected the evidence as a courtesy.
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.
Officers responded to the platform on a report of a partially naked woman on a Richmond bound train. Upon contact, the subject was uncooperative and resisted the officers by hiding under the train seats. A record check revealed the woman had an outstanding $20,000 arrest warrant out of Berkeley for violation of probation. Medical personnel arrived and transported the female to Alta Bates Hospital for treatment prior to being booked for the warrant and resisting officers. Trains were delayed for 30 minutes. A sergeant arrived at the scene to approve the arrest and conduct the use of force investigation.
The on-duty station agent reported an unattended package was plugged into an outlet on the Amtrak station platform. BART and Amtrak Police responded and closed both the Amtrak and BART stations. K-9 officers searched the area for possible secondary devices with negative results. The Walnut Creek Bomb Unit arrived to inspect the package, which was destroyed with negative results. Bus service was set up with AC Transit to transport passengers near the Richmond Station from the El Cerrito Del Norte Station. The station was re-opened and service was restored at 2238 hours. 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 female victim reported she was inappropriately touched as she was on board the train and that the suspect was still on board the train. The victim stated she would be able to identify the suspect. An officer checked the train and located and detained a subject matching the description in the rear train car. The trains continued to hold so that other arriving officers could check the rest of the train consist. A check of the rest of the consist yielded negative results. An officer transported the victim to the Coliseum Station where she was unable to identify the suspect who was being detained. The trains were held for approximately 13 minutes as a result of this incident.
Trains were held at the station for twenty-five minutes while officer searched the 16th and Civic Center stations for two individuals who were reportedly in possession of handguns. Officers searched the train with negative results, but detained two men at the Civic Center Station. The men were positively identified by the reporting party, but did not possess any weapons. The detainees were released at the scene.
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.