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Man Arrested After Allegedly Wielding a Chainsaw on BART Train

Man Arrested After Allegedly Wielding a Chainsaw on BART Train

A San Francisco resident who pulled out two chainsaws Monday afternoon on a Richmond-bound BART train has been arrested, authorities said.

A woman riding the northbound Richmond-Warm Springs line posted a video on Twitter at 4:34 p.m. showing a man saying, “Cut your frickin’ head off,” as he appears to try and start one of the chainsaws.

Patrick Bingham, 47, was taken into custody after BART said it received “multiple” calls about a man wielding the chainsaws.

In the video posted on Twitter, the man can also be heard saying, “Oooh, yeah. It’s electric,” as he removes the second chainsaw from its box. The device was a 16-inch, battery-operated instrument, according to the package.

The female passenger tweeted at BART’s account, “THIS S— AINT FUNNY @SFBART YALL HAVE TO DO BETTER WHAT THE F—.”

BART responded on its Twitter account that police apprehended the man “within minutes” when he got off at Lake Merritt station. The agency did not comment on how Bingham obtained the chainsaws or got them into the station.

Monday’s arrest comes just months after a series violent attacks on BART station properties. Nia Wilson, 18, of Oakland, was stabbed to death July 22 on the MacArthur station platform in Oakland.

In total, violent crimes on BART properties have increased by 69 percent in the last 10 years.

Bingham was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, exhibiting a deadly weapon and receiving stolen property at Santa Rita Jail.

Officials said he had several outstanding warrants and is being held on $87,500 bail.


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