Walnut Creek: Update: Station Reopens After Incident Involving ‘Unstable Patron’ Resolved

April 19, 2017 18:19 pm · 28 comments

An incident involving a man who was threatening to jump from a BART platform at the Walnut Creek station, which disrupted service for most of the afternoon, has been resolved, according to BART officials.

The station had been closed during the incident, which began at
1:30 p.m. However, trains are now stopping at the station, BART officials
said.

BART police initially responded to the incident and attempted to negotiate with the man, who BART officials had described as an “unstable
patron.”

At around 5:20 p.m., BART officials said the man had come down
from the ledge and went onto a firefighter ladder.

Once he was down, he was placed on an emergency psychiatric hold.

“We sincerely appreciate your patience today, and we’re glad the
situation was resolved safely,” BART officials said on Twitter.

The incident, which went into the early evening commute, caused
the station to be closed for hours. BART provided a parallel bus service between Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Lafayette stations.

photo: BART passengers wait in Lafayette for a bus-bridge – photo courtesy of Ryon Hayward

1 Jerk April 19, 2017 at 6:26 PM

New! Daily BART Updates always something New and Exciting to Disrupt your day!

2 Lorelei April 19, 2017 at 6:32 PM

As soon as he’s released, he can go buy a gun………….

3 Barbara April 19, 2017 at 6:54 PM

As soon as he’s released, he can go back to FART

4 rich April 19, 2017 at 6:54 PM

Turn the power off immediately and start the removal process while talking to him. It was choice either way but this was ridiculous..

5 MoJo April 19, 2017 at 6:57 PM

I feel for anyone that has to use BART. Everyday something happens to delay the trains. Add to the delay problems dirty elevators, car break ins, people sleeping on the trains, urination and masturbation issues, overcrowding and on and on and on. I’m sure other mass transit systems have similar problems. Seems like BART is doing their very best to put people back into their cars although today’s issue can’t be blamed on BART.

6 WC resident April 19, 2017 at 7:04 PM

@Lorelei #2 – A 5150 hold automatically puts you on the “can’t buy a gun” list for five years. You are also barred from even possessing a gun or ammo.

7 Emily April 19, 2017 at 7:10 PM

I’m so glad he was brought down safely and that he will get the help he needs. I was really disturbed by all the comments that disregarded this man’s life and instead focused on what an inconvenience his cry for help was.

8 Cornfed April 19, 2017 at 7:18 PM

@Lorelei Don’t worry, in California he won’t be encouraged to vote until he’s convicted of shooting at someone.

9 Cornfed April 19, 2017 at 7:19 PM

On a more humane note, hopefully he gets the help that he needs.

10 Joe P April 19, 2017 at 7:31 PM

Psychiatric hold? What a crock! Throw him in county jail where he belongs. Thanks for holding all of us up buddy.

11 anon April 19, 2017 at 7:36 PM

What was the white jump suit for? 5150 attire? Then we get to MacArthur and there is someone else on the tracks. BART Police need to be on the platform at each station. If you don’t have enough, get more if you have 3 Million to burn on barriers for fare evaders which BART has never given a crap about until recent pressure from the passengers.

12 Strad April 19, 2017 at 7:47 PM

Disruptions are becoming more frequent. Then you hope nobody messed with your car when you get back. Then start all over the next day.

13 Grewah April 19, 2017 at 7:53 PM

I am sure BARTs push alerts light up your phone like a christmas tree all day long.

14 WhoDat? April 19, 2017 at 8:25 PM

What a bunch of simpering comments here! All those people inconvenienced (or worse!) by one troubled fool. Next time clear the area below and let the idiot jump; clean up the splatter; and let the rest get on with their lives. The welfare of the many outweigh that of the individual.

15 biggus thinkus April 19, 2017 at 8:35 PM

well, i was on that adventure. when i arrived at lafayette there were a good 200-300 people, and then my train. a bus (A bus) was leaving. by the time another (A bus) arrived, the mob was about 300-500. by the time i realized i’m a meathead for even thinking i’ll catch a bus, the populous of lafayette was upped by almost 700 (guessing, but safe guess). i took a series of pics over 40 min, and wow, the blob of … the disgruntled… grew so fast…

16 Original G April 19, 2017 at 8:51 PM

Would people have a different attitude towards this person if he had fallen suffering compound fractures of both legs and first responders needed to close the station to get him out safely?

This afternoon’s situation with no injuries which could be seen and one described above having broken bones sticking out, both are medical emergencies. Unfortunately mental health is a subject of which we do not speak. Bring it up in a group of people and watch how fast they change the subject or scatter because they are uncomfortable. Persons in crisis are apt to self medicate with alcohol or drugs to cope with their feelings or dis ease, rather than seek mental health help.

If you have a broken bone your friends would offer to drive you to the Hospital.
What a failing we have as a society when mental crisis is not viewed the same as a broken bone.

17 Me April 19, 2017 at 9:20 PM

I hope someday, that my life is so good that having to deal with a bus bridge makes me so angry I wish somebody dead just so I can get home on time. Some people have really lost perspective. I can completely understand being frustrated, but to be so callous as to suggest somebody having a way worse day than you should just die for your convenience is vile and a total failure of society.

18 Anon April 19, 2017 at 10:11 PM

Nothing to do with “losing perspective”, but why in the h3ll is BART a magnet for this?
Too bad they don’t use the magnet to clean their rails!

19 birdy April 19, 2017 at 10:34 PM

everybody on some med trying to control their anxiety from the worlds siuation and this is the result

20 Dr. Jellyfinger April 19, 2017 at 10:35 PM

@ Me 17 ~ You miss the point entirely. If you have issues you need to deal with, deal with them… just don’t shut down a mass transportation system & disrupt the lives of thousands of people in doing so.
Your life is important…. just not THAT important.

21 Scoob April 20, 2017 at 6:03 AM

I’m so glad I don’t have to ride that Hell train any more. For seven years I paid $2k a year to ride and $1k to park for the privilege of having a job in SF. If I ever lose the wonderful job I finally found in Concord, I will move out of the state before I commute to SF again. It is so sad how the area I grew up in, that was once a sleepy rural/suburb, is now a grossly overpopulated and expensive urban city. BART used to be wonderful, but is now Hellish. Another shooting in downtown last night? Yeah…

22 J. Michael April 20, 2017 at 6:58 AM

Having 500-700 disgruntled riders amassing at Lafayette BART is a far more dangerous situation for a far larger group of people than a single suicidal person. What would the news have been if riots broke out or a gunman took to the crowd at Lafayette, killing several if not dozens?

While most, if not all, want to see the individual get the help he needs, our public services need to think about the safety of everyone. They shouldn’t sacrifice the safety of others to protect the life of a single person.

23 Chris April 20, 2017 at 7:25 AM

The “bus bridge” is a complete joke. When we were off boarded short at Lafayette there was one bus for 300-500 people, and that bus wasn’t even in service, the bus driver just casually got off and I guess went on his break. Complete joke, all because of one mentally disturbed person, BART should never have stopped all traffic through WC. The entire system is run by idiots.

24 Skippy April 20, 2017 at 8:12 AM

What a mess. Bart totally unprepared. As this pic shows, one bus at Lafayette to handle thousands of people. No Bart personnel on the ground directing people or traffic. Thank you to the woman in the Nissan SUV who drove 6 strangers to PH Bart.

25 jtkatec April 20, 2017 at 9:26 AM

BART has become a magnet for persons tending to suicide, just like the Golden Gate Bridge.

26 WC resident April 20, 2017 at 10:17 AM

@Joe P #10 – 5150 hold is more effective than tossing the person in jail on the spot. You are not allowed to bail yourself out. You do not have the right to refuse “treatment.” and evidence of any attempts to refuse treatment will be used against you. While the initial hold is for up to 72 hours they can add on another 14 days and then 30 days at a time. While you are entitled to an attorney you won’t get one by the time the 72-hour hold is done but likely may see one for the 14 and 30 day holds.

You only get out of the psychiatric system once you are deemed by them to have been successfully treated and no longer be a threat to yourself or others. If there are any criminal charges pending from the episode(s) that lead up to the holds then you will be released into the custody of a sheriff who takes you to jail for processing in their system.

27 Kenji April 20, 2017 at 1:12 PM

I agree with Emily #7 and Me #17. It’s monstrous to wish someone had died in order to save other people commute time.

28 MikeyV April 20, 2017 at 8:02 PM

At some point, the number of people who’s commutes were inconvenienced are worth a life. The question is, how many?

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