A horrifying incident took place on a BART commuter train in San Francisco last Friday morning when a male passenger suddenly stood up and shouted at the top of his lungs “I’m going to kill you.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Mike Hohndorf and dozens of other passengers underwent a terrifying ordeal during their morning commute when a man terrorized them for seven stops. Hohndorf claims that the man first started making threats at the North Concord/Martinez BART Station and that he told a BART police officer about the man at the station.
“I go, ‘You need to remove this guy. He’s a danger to himself and he’s a danger to others,’” Hohndorf recalled.
For some reason, the officer allowed the man to board the train anyway.
“I look to the left, and I’m watching the guy get on the train with the cop standing there,” he said.
It didn’t take long for things to escalate.
“I’m going to stab all of you,” the man yelled as passengers clustered by the doors, waiting for them to open.
Hohndorf and his fellow passengers called BART to report the problem, and they were told officers would mobilize at the 12th Street Station in Oakland, which was several stops later. By then, the man making threats had gotten off the train.
Hohndorf said that though he has seen a lot over the three decades that he has been a BART rider, this is the first time he was ever scared.
“We understand that when you’re in a public space and you’re riding BART, sometimes you’re on a train with someone that makes you feel uncomfortable,” BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said. “That doesn’t mean necessarily that we can prevent that person from boarding.”
There have been a series of robberies and other incidents on BART trains in recent weeks that has San Francisco residents fearing boarding public transportation at all. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.