Man threatening Dumbarton leap now in custody

Major delays expected on bridge during evening commute

A man threatening to jump off the Dumbarton Bridge this afternoon has been taken safely into custody, a Menlo Park police spokeswoman said.

The California Highway Patrol received multiple reports at 2:30 p.m. of a man sitting on the rail of the bridge, CHP Sgt. Trent Cross said. A short time later, one of the man's friends called the CHP and said that the man was going to jump, Cross said.

Traffic on the bridge was shut down in both directions, and a negotiating team from the Menlo Park Police Department responded to the scene, police spokeswoman Nicole Acker said.

The U.S. Coast Guard also sent out a 25-foot boat from Station San Francisco in case the man jumped, Lt. j.g. Laura Williams said.

The negotiating team initially had trouble getting through to the man, who was not allowing them to get closer than 20 feet to him, Acker said.

However, they were eventually able to talk the man off the rail, and he was safely taken into custody at 4:36 p.m., Acker said.

The roadway was being reopened as of 4:45 p.m., but major delays were expected on the bridge during the evening commute, CHP Officer Peter Van

Eckhardt said.

"I imagine it's not going to be real pretty down there," he said.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

What is he charged with?

There is a lot more to this story than we are being told.

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Posted by Been There Mentally, Glad I Didn't
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2011 at 8:23 am

How inconvenient for everyone. However, suicidals are in too much pain to care. He got what he wanted - attention. I suppose they could charge him with the cost to deploy the Coast Guard and the emergency workers.

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Posted by Close the bridge!
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jan 12, 2011 at 11:08 am

I'm sure we'll hear from some of those "Raise the Rails!" folks on this. Maybe we should consider closing Dunbarton until we can install nets or hire watchers on the bridge. I'm sure Palo Altans will be more than happy to pay for that.

Seriously, I'm happy they talked this man down. Hopefully he can get his life turned around.

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Posted by Good Ending
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jan 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

I am glad he was rescued and the story had a good ending. Hopefully he will receive the proper mental care so his life is turned around, otherwise, he will be back or try other means. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

>> I suppose they could charge him with the cost to deploy the Coast Guard and the emergency workers.

That will really help him want to live!

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