Subways are a pretty efficient way to travel. The trains zip along underground, stopping at various stations and delivering some passengers while picking up others. All in all, it’s a pretty good system assuming nothing goes wrong. On Wednesday, something went wrong on a BART train in San Francisco, California. Zachary McCabe, 30, was stretched out across a group of seats when a 62-year-old man tried to sit down next to him. McCabe jumped up and, rather than dealing with the problem in a mature way, started to beat up the old guy. That’s when passengers intervened. A woman with a stun gun zapped an unruly passenger to stop a subway brawl.
The passengers who broke up the brawl aren’t looking at charges, admitted BART Deputy Police Chief Ben Fairow, who described the stun-gun attack as “a case of our patrons looking out for one another and taking care of each other.” He added, “While getting physically involved like this has its risks – and I’m very thankful that nobody else was hurt – we always encourage everybody to be a good witness, to call the police when we’re needed, (and) let us take care of the physical aspects of these types of incidents.”
McCabe was pulled off of the train at the Pleasant Hill station and thrown into the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez, where he faces a charge of battery on a transit passenger.
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