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WEST SACRAMENTO: Teen arrested in attack on train engineer - Youths allegedly beat him with rocks
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/19/7 | Michael Cabanatuan

Posted on 04/19/2007 8:00:04 AM PDT by SmithL

Amtrak police have arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of assaulting a Capitol Corridor engineer who was dragged from his train and attacked with rocks and bottles.

Vernae Graham, an Amtrak spokeswoman, said the boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was caught shortly after the attack and arrested Tuesday. Another juvenile who was also held for questioning was released, she said.

The engineer was attacked after a group of youths stood on the tracks and halted the train Monday around 10:15 p.m. The engineer opened a door when a conductor was threatened by the group, authorities said.

Amtrak police are continuing to investigate the attack and are searching for four to six more suspects. The motive for the assault remains under investigation, Graham said.

The attack occurred as Capitol Corridor train 546, which started in San Jose, passed through West Sacramento and was nearing the end of its run in Sacramento. The train was running slowly because of reports of trespassers on or near the tracks as it approached the I Street Bridge across the Sacramento River.

The engineer stopped when he saw five to seven juveniles standing on the tracks, and the conductor stepped off the train to clear the tracks, Graham said. When the engineer saw the crowd threatening the conductor, the engineer went to help and opened the train door. He was dragged from the train and attacked, she said.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: amtrak; culturalentropy; yutes

1 posted on 04/19/2007 8:00:06 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

illegal aliens?


2 posted on 04/19/2007 8:03:05 AM PDT by pissant
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To: SmithL
I think it’s funny that this kid is old enough commit felony assault, but not old enough to be named.
3 posted on 04/19/2007 8:04:39 AM PDT by NYleatherneck (It ain't a World War until the French surrender.)
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To: pissant
Preemptive thread hijacking?
4 posted on 04/19/2007 8:05:48 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: pissant

What is next, ban rocks and bottles?


5 posted on 04/19/2007 8:06:06 AM PDT by elpinta (Tagline temporarily out of service)
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To: SmithL
Hmmmm, is a remake in the offing???


6 posted on 04/19/2007 8:06:47 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: pissant
Occurred in my old neighborhood, Broderick, yea could be illegals but a lot of hobos ride the rails sleep and camp along the river there. Not the best of areas.
7 posted on 04/19/2007 8:06:50 AM PDT by FlatLandBeer
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To: SmithL
I was on Amtrak in Dec, headed to LA. Around El Paso, I heard a couple of bangs under my car and then the side. Later I was told that kids threw something under the train and rocks at the side. A lady that rides the train a lot told me that it happens more frequently than people know. Coming back, we had so many pit stops. An employee would have to get off the train, and check the tracks and then he would get on as we passed and walk back to the front. People wonder why the train can’t stay on schedule.
8 posted on 04/19/2007 8:07:07 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: SmithL
the boy, whose name was not released because of his age

This practice needs to stop..........

9 posted on 04/19/2007 8:08:24 AM PDT by Red Badger (If it's consensus, it's not science. If it's science, there's no need for consensus......)
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To: FlatLandBeer

It sounds like punk kids/ gang members to me. Join the NRA. Are we victims in our own land? I think not.


10 posted on 04/19/2007 8:09:53 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: SmithL

Those are electric diesels, correct? GE makes a fine mini-gun, that I’m sure could be adapted to fit a locomotive. This should present a few problems to any troublemakers on the tracks.


11 posted on 04/19/2007 8:10:30 AM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: SmithL

in a more enlightened era, they would have been shot as train robbers.

12 posted on 04/19/2007 8:10:30 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: pissant

The politically correct term is “French youths.”


13 posted on 04/19/2007 8:11:26 AM PDT by BinaryBoy
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To: elpinta
"What is next, ban rocks and bottles?"

Shame on you for suggesting such a thing - however I do believe rocks and bottles should be registered....../ sarc

14 posted on 04/19/2007 8:16:25 AM PDT by brotherWesUpNorth
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To: SmithL

Those wacky yutes.


15 posted on 04/19/2007 8:22:10 AM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: neodad

How absurd these kids can commit savage acts of violence but they need to be “protected” by not having their names released.

This is a scary story. I don’t understand though if this wasn’t a regular stop, how could a conductor have been threatened. I thought all the train doors were kept closed. When it began to look like an attack, they should have just taken off. Maybe the conductors and engineers ought to start carrying tasers at least.


16 posted on 04/19/2007 8:31:11 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: SmithL

Thugs. They should be treated as such. Welcome to jail.


17 posted on 04/19/2007 8:32:22 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: SmithL

It’s the Engineer’s fault for getting in the way
of those innocent rock throwing young people
were simply out to have a good time. / sarc


18 posted on 04/19/2007 8:34:31 AM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: SmithL

Hmmm...if the train had kept moving at, say, 5-10 mph, I bet the “yutes” would’ve gotten out of the way!


19 posted on 04/19/2007 8:37:18 AM PDT by pelicandriver
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To: CindyDawg

I rode a train from Boston to Florida a few years ago. It was hell. the crime on the train and around the train was unbelievable. Took me through the lousiest parts of every city too.

Funny in Maine recently I heard that the Portland to Boston run is an unqualified success. The entire thing is supported by grants and federal monies and would be dead on the vine with them.

It competes directly with immaculate buses in our area that go directly where a passenger wants to arrive, the airport or South station.

Sometimes leftists make no sense with my moneies.


20 posted on 04/19/2007 8:41:15 AM PDT by Chickensoup (.The Muzzies are hanging us with the rope we paid out to the leftists.)
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To: SmithL

Could be worse: http://www.moonamtrak.org/ :-)


21 posted on 04/19/2007 8:41:32 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: pelicandriver

You bet. “I’ll see your rock and raise you this 500 ton train”.


22 posted on 04/19/2007 8:42:08 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: Chickensoup
They have to go where the tracks are:’) I like riding the train. Coach is miserable but the sleepers are nice. I’ve never had any problems with passengers. This track attacking was new to me though.
23 posted on 04/19/2007 8:46:32 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: SmithL

I saw a news clip where a train engineer kept his head low as he entered Chicago. He said sometimes people lined up and pelted stones and shot at them. I guess it was considered a “sport”.


24 posted on 04/19/2007 9:23:42 AM PDT by Eternal_Bear
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To: CindyDawg

I have only used private rooms on the train, but I found the scenery depressing on the east coast and the crime amazing. We stopped a number of times to meet police cars to take a criminal off the train.


25 posted on 04/19/2007 11:17:10 AM PDT by Chickensoup (.The Muzzies are hanging us with the rope we paid out to the leftists.)
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To: pissant; JRios1968
Hijacker still on the loose. Lock down the thread!
For the Love of God, someone please stop him before he strikes again!


26 posted on 04/19/2007 11:25:33 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: brotherWesUpNorth; elpinta; SmithL
"What is next, ban rocks and bottles?"

however I do believe rocks and bottles should be registered....../ sarc

No need to register them.

Just make it illegal for non-adults to possess them; and issue permits to carry to qualified adults, who have passed a saftey & proficiency course & background check.

Maybe a waiting period, and a limit on how many can be possessed; size/weight limits; how many can be obtained per month.

Make it illegal to artificially point, sharpen, or otherwise alter them....

27 posted on 04/19/2007 11:25:59 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: Chickensoup

Sometimes leftists make no sense with my moneies.

Leftists need to get the message that they have no right to our money.


28 posted on 04/19/2007 11:41:26 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: Chickensoup
I’ve only gone West once. All the others have been from Houston to Florida. I’ve not had any problems and the scenery was nice. I was thinking about going by train to DC in Oct. Maybe I won’t. Sounds bad.
29 posted on 04/19/2007 11:53:17 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: ApplegateRanch

Luv it!....and your tag line is great too.


30 posted on 04/19/2007 12:07:14 PM PDT by brotherWesUpNorth
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To: brotherWesUpNorth

Thanks for both.


31 posted on 04/19/2007 12:40:10 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: SmithL

Since this involves employees of a railroad, isn’t this a federal crime?


32 posted on 04/19/2007 1:13:03 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: 1rudeboy

Consider that graphic stolen! Perfect!


33 posted on 04/19/2007 1:14:51 PM PDT by Wormwood (Future Former Freeper)
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To: Wormwood; JRios1968
Sorry, JRios stole it from me yesterday. Check the link I provided in comment #26 . . . there I posted the larger version, and linked to the original.
34 posted on 04/19/2007 1:20:01 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SmithL; Thinkin' Gal

Group identification ping?


35 posted on 04/19/2007 1:30:50 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (Ah don't feeeeel no ways taihrd.)
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To: 1rudeboy; Wormwood

Aw, c’mon, we can all share on the steal!


36 posted on 04/19/2007 1:36:26 PM PDT by JRios1968 (This tagline brought to you by courtesy of Happygrl)
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To: SmithL

37 posted on 04/19/2007 1:52:45 PM PDT by Krankor (kROGER)
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To: Chickensoup

Chickensoup, Can you elaborate on ‘the crime on the train and around it’ please? Just because I have not ridden the train recently.


38 posted on 04/19/2007 7:32:45 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: SmithL

West Sac. is close to Rio Linda. ‘Nuf said.


39 posted on 04/19/2007 7:38:15 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: bboop

Mostly robberies that I could discern. I certainly locked my door throughout the entire trip and only let the porter in.

Oh and one fight


40 posted on 04/20/2007 5:50:26 AM PDT by Chickensoup (.The Muzzies are hanging us with the rope we paid out to the leftists.)
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