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Rodney Jenkins arrested causing major delays when he climbed on top of a BART train

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Service A man was arrested today after causing major delays during this morning’s commute when he climbed on top of a BART train and effectively shut down the MacArthur station in Oakland, BART officials said. Rodney Jenkins, 29, was arrested on suspicion of interfering with a railroad and on an outstanding arrest warrant and for violating parole.

BART police said around 5:30 a.m. he jumped on top of the station and once he came down he climbed onto three separate BART trains, which had been stopped. He then continued running around and jumped a fence and went onto a nearby roadway. The California Highway Patrol had to briefly shut down some lanes on state Highway 24. BART shut down power to trains in the station and also to the tracks to prevent the man from hurting himself.

With the tracks powered down, trains could not pass through the station, and riders were held on the stopped trains, officials said. The man was finally detained at 7:12 a.m., officials said. By 10 a.m., residual delays from the stopped trains had ended and BART service was back on time, officials said.

Kiana Lunasco, a passenger at the MacArthur station this morning, said the man climbed on top of her train around 6:30 a.m. “He jumped the fence and ran onto the freeway,” she wrote in a tweet. BART’s morning was further complicated when a train broke down, disrupting service coming out of Richmond.

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