BART Passenger Seen With Two Guns, Riders Evacuated From the Train
The trains were delayed for 20-plus minutes for San Francisco-bound passengers at about 10 a.m. after a witness called BART police to report that a man with two guns got off at the MacArthur Station in Oakland. He also left behind a silver suitcase on the train.
The five-car Millbrae train was stopped at West Oakland and some 500 passengers were evacuated and forced to go downstairs to the concourse level, said Jim Allison, spokesman for BART.
All trains headed toward West Oakland were held outside the station as a precaution while a police K9 unit searched the train in question. The cops located the silver suitcase and determined it was not a threat.
After the situation was declared safe, passengers were allowed back on the train and the morning commute resumed.
Meanwhile, officers searched the MacArthur Station for the suspect who was described as a Hispanic male, in his 30s, with black hair and a goatee. He was last seen carrying a red back pack, according to Allison.
One man matching some of the descriptors was found. He consented to a search, but was not carrying any weapons so he was released, Allison said.
The suspect has not been located.
In any event, here's your written excuse to your boss as to why you were late for work -- again.