Man Causes Scare on Amtrak Train Saturday Morning

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release

An Amtrak train bound for Goleta was evacuated in Moorpark Saturday morning when a man wearing a tactical vest and acting strangely locked himself in a bathroom onboard.

All 93 passengers and five crew members were evacuated from the train while SWAT team members contacted the man, who was quickly detained. Don Hamilton, a 21 year old Simi Valley resident, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance after deputies determined the vest he was wearing was not a ballistic tactical vest, he was not armed, and he had made no threats to anyone while on the train. He had boarded the Amtrak Surfliner at the Simi Valley train station, where Amtrak personnel had seen him put on the camouflaged vest as he quickly jumped on the train and locked himself inside the bathroom.

Bomb squad personnel checked the train before it was cleared for passengers to continue to their destination. Hamilton’s vest was one commonly used by paintball enthusiasts. Hamilton was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura.

Photo Credits: Ventura County Sheriff


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