Bay Area man reportedly vows to ‘mess up the commute for everyone,’ and boy, does he succeed
An hours-long standoff Thursday between police and a man with an apparent grudge against commuters disrupted light rail service in the San Francisco Bay Area through the morning rush hour and into the afternoon.
Standing atop a train in San Jose, the man refused to come down and told Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies he wanted “to mess up the commute for everyone,” KGO-TV reported. Bay Area news stations have reported that the man spat at officers and fell asleep at one point during the more than nine-hour standoff.
Sheriff’s officials told KTVU-TV that they planned to wait the man out. Authorities negotiated with the man until they took him into custody after 1 p.m., officials said.
A train operator first spotted the man on the tracks just after 1 a.m. The man then apparently climbed onto the roof of the train.
“This activity prevents us from getting trains into service north of Metro station,” train service said in a statement. Service was restored for evening commuters.
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