Police activity on the T-Third

@caltraindiaries Twitstress (?) Laura O. sends the following report, which she estimates took place a little after 1 p.m.:

Was walking back from lunch and saw a flurry of cop cars. Roughly 6 cars, two motorcycles and the weird four wheel drive white car zoomed down 4th, past Caltrain and surrounded a T car that was idle at the station.

Literally they surrounded it — it was crazy. Passengers streamed off, and we hurried over to take a look. Looks like two guys got in a fight; one was arrested, the other just walked away. All in all I’d guess that there were 15 + cops.

Also, the T was then sent back to Dogpatch; wasn’t allowed to continue on its normal route.

Anyone know what is or was going on? If the guys were just fighting, why was one allowed to “just walk away”?

Photo Diary: Go, Giants!

The Giants have much to answer for in this town
Photo by heather

Here’s to say: Thank you all for either cheering the team on, or for putting up with/incessantly bitching about the delays and crowded N-Judah and T-Third trains around AT&T Park all season. The Giants advanced to the next round of playoffs by beating the Atlanta Braves last night 3-2.

Delays and bitching will resume next Tuesday (most likely in the evening at the perfectly jack-ass time of 1:19 p.m., according the Giants Twitter feed).

Third Group Attack on T-Third Line

T-Third pulling into the Sunnydale Station
Photo by Flickr user sfistrita

Last weekend saw another violent group attack at a T-Third station in Bayview SFGate reports. This is the third of such attack since January:

The latest attack happened at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Third Street and Williams Avenue. The victim, a 29-year-old man, was riding home on the T-Third line when a group of five youths, all about 14 to 16 years old, started to punch him, police say. The youths got off the train but the victim stayed on and reported the attack to the operator, said police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza.

The man was treated at San Francisco General Hospital and released, according to the police spokeman. As SFist and ABC7 pointed out, a woman was attacked by a group of teens last week on a Muni platform on Third Street. The surveillance camera recorded what appears to be a teenager grabbing her by the neck and throwing her on to the rails. A 15-year-old has been arrested in connection with that attack, ABC7 reports. The woman is recovering.

Another man, who was 83, was attacked by a group of teens from behind after he left a bus stop on Third; he died in March.

We’ve heard our share of Muni violence, ranging from some fisty fracas to a really touchy situation involving guns (and let’s not even mention the fights caught on YouTube). But this group situation seems like a scary new thing. Police are stepping up patrols in the Third Street corridor, according to CBS5.

We hope police are able to bring the situation under control soon, and we can return to regular, nonviolent, non-criminal Muni coverage.

T-Third Incident on Williams and Third

Rider Tony T sent us some photos of a Muni-related incident on Wililams and Third, which happened a little after 9 a.m. today. Tony said it involved a pedestrian. SFMTA’s spokeswoman confirms:

Between 9:45 9:04 a.m. and just after 10 a.m., regular light rail service on the T Third Line was disrupted due to an accident between a light rail vehicle and a pedestrian at 3rd Street and Williams Avenue.

Bus shuttles were deployed between Custer Avenue and Armstrong Avenue. They will remain in place while the LRV service is restored.

The pedestrian was transported to SFGH with reportedly non life-threatening injuries.

Motor coach shuttles were being dispatched, Action News SF reports.

More pictures after the jump.

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