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Details on Today’s Police Standoff on Bay Bridge

| November 11, 2010
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UPDATE 11:12 a.m. KQED’s Mina Kim just attended another CHP press conference and learned the following:

  • The man taken into custody is named Craig Carlos-Valentino. He’s 51 and lives in Antioch.
  • He was currently working as a security guard and used to work for Red Cross.
  • He faces felony charges of child endangerment, criminal threats, and brandishing a firearm.
  • CHP Sgt. Trent Cross called him remorseful and distraught and said he does not seem inclined toward aggression.
  • Cross corrected an earlier statement that Carlos-Valentino threatened to blow up the bridge, saying he actually threatened to blow up his vehicle.

More details below…

UPDATE 10:25 a.m. Westbound traffic came to a dead-stop on the Bay Bridge today, after a man stopped his SUV, called 911, and threatened to blow the bridge up. The man eventually surrendered and traffic is now moving again. The Chronicle just reported these details:

“He was talking to negotiators and calling 911,” (CHP Sgt Trent) Cross said. “He would become very agitated and hang up and then call back. This is someone who is truly mentally unstable.”

The man had also called a traffic phone number for KCBS radio and said, “I’m going to tell you something that’s going to cause a big backup on the Bay Bridge,” said KCBS producer Ted Goldberg.

The man said, “My wife’s been cheating on me and she’s going to leave me and I can’t handle it anymore,” Goldberg said.

Earlier, KQED’s Mina Kim attended a CHP press conference. She reported the following:

  • The man was in his late 40s to 50s.
  • He was traveling with his 16-year-old daughter, who was released in negotiations with police before he surrendered.
  • He was distraught over marital troubles.
  • In surrendering, the man put the handcuffs that police had given him on himself.
  • Police do not consider his claim that he was carrying explosives to be credible.
  • He threw a gun over the side of the bridge. He claims it was a pellet gun.
  • He said repeatedly that he didn’t want to hurt anyone.

Mina Kim is attending another CHP press conference in San Francisco at 10:30 a.m.

UPDATE 9:27 a.m. KRON TV says all lanes are now back up and running on the Bay Bridge.

Earlier: A police standoff with a distraught man on the Bay Bridge, which turned the westbound upper deck into a parking lot, has now ended. The man claimed to have a gun and explosives, and was traveling with a 16-year-old. She is uninjured, says the CHP.

All lanes on the bridge are now back open.

Here’s a photo posted on Facebook by someone who was on the bridge.

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