Not an umbrella this time (read our account of another BART incident aboard a train at Orinda Station on our Facebook Page), but riders aboard a Pleasant Hill-bound train got more than they bargained for Thursday after a 23-year-old Sacramento man allegedly brandished a knife and began spitting on patrons.
The bizarre incident was reported to BART police at 4:38 p.m. at Lafayette Station. Patrons said a man later identified as Jalen Garrison of Sacramento began threatening riders with a knife, spat at them, and made “terroristic” threats to inflict harm.
Officers summoned to the station eventually found Garrison, who ran from the station with a black backpack in hand. Garrison was eventually located and confronted by Lafayette and BART police officers on Oak Hill Road, initially declining to comply with officer’s orders. He was subsequently detained by force, with several riders approaching police to identify Garrison as the man responsible for threatening them.
He was issued an official order to stay away from BART and eventually booked at the Martinez Detention Facility for brandishing a weapon, assault with that weapon, and battery.