- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities used a cherry picker to hoist a man off the top of a light-rail train after tying up police and snarling the commute during the 12-hour standoff.

The man was not injured.

The East Bay Times (https://bit.ly/1OgQ1NJ ) reports Friday that crisis negotiators coaxed him down Thursday afternoon.

The standoff began at 1:20 a.m. Thursday, when a light-rail operator heading to the train yard to clock out for the night spotted a man on the tracks. The operator stopped the train in time to avoid hitting him, but the shirtless man scaled the train and sat and slept there for hours.

In the hours after the initial encounter, the 25-year-old man was described as “despondent, agitated and incoherent” as he refused pleas to get down from the train, saying he wanted to disrupt the commute, the newspaper reported.


Information from: Contra Costa Times, https://www.contracostatimes.com



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