Man with chainsaws on BART arrested for threats, outstanding warrants
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - BART has heard its fair share of stories of unusual moments on its trains, but one woman's Tweet Monday prompted BART to respond, "We've never seen anything like this before."
The woman Tweeted video to BART which showed a man holding a chainsaw, before opening another box that contained a second chainsaw.
She Tweeted, " I had to film it just in case sh*t got sick! He kept calling himself the Texas chainsaws massacre - then he said he was the BART massacre."
@jalinina_ks was on the Richmond train when she Tweeted "This sh*t ain't (sic) funny @SFBART y'all have to do better, what the f**ck."
BART responded by saying, "We've never seen anything like this before. Best thing to do is to snap a pic and send it to dispatch via BART Watch App. You can also go to another car and alert the train operator using the intercom. What train car are you on?"
BART reported police had received multiple calls about the incident and officers positioned themselves to board the train at Lake Merritt, when the man got off the train.
The man, identified as 47-year-old Patrick Bingman of San Francisco, was taken into custody for having several outstanding arrest warrants and for making threats. He was booked into Alameda County Jail.
According to BART, Bingman admitted to waving the chainsaws around but said he was playing. The chainsaws were stolen, according to police.
According to BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost, the chainsaws were never activated and no one was injured.
Additional details on the incident have not been released.