Caltrain conductor arrested for misconduct

Ricardo Cano, 60, charged with two felony counts of false imprisonment

A Caltrain conductor has been arrested for two incidents of alleged misconduct with female train passengers, authorities said Wednesday (Jan. 12).

South San Francisco resident Ricardo Cano, 60, an Amtrak employee contracted to work for Caltrain, has been charged with two felony counts of false imprisonment and one misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child under age 18, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Steve Fein said.

He is also charged with one felony count of contact with a minor with intent to commit a crime and one misdemeanor count of soliciting to engage in lewd conduct.

Fein said the incidents occurred on southbound trains about a month apart and that the victims were a woman and an underage girl.

He said Cano used his position of authority to take the victims to secluded parts of the train where the alleged inappropriate behavior occurred.

Part of Cano's job is checking passengers' tickets, and it was in this capacity that he contacted the alleged victims, Fein said.

There are no allegations that any force was used, he said. Cano has been barred from Caltrain property.

"The type of behavior alleged in the complaint will not be tolerated," Caltrain Chief of Protective Services Dave Triolo said in a statement Thursday (Jan. 13).

Amtrak has been contracted by Caltrain to operate its commuter rail service since 2002, spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

Cano's arrest was the result of an investigation by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Transit Police Bureau.

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Posted by Joeseph
a resident of Green Acres
on Jan 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Heard about this first on KGO about 10 days ago... Glad something was done!

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Posted by DZ
a resident of Terman Middle School
on Jan 14, 2011 at 9:42 am

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Posted by train-er
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 14, 2011 at 11:38 am

The actions of this perp were explicitly detailed on Len Tillem's KGO show. Had this been my adolescent daughter, I would have been equally outraged. Glad to see he has been exposed for the predator that he is.

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Posted by Joinpa
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I heard about this too on KGO, glad it got elevated and something was done to prevent it from happening to any woman again.

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Posted by Carlito ways
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 15, 2011 at 12:27 am

Just curious, checking the list of Caltrain employees salaries found out at least 3 persons with the last name being Cano, it would not surprise me if nepotism was alive and well in a Public Agency as Caltrain. Just to make clear Cano is not as common for last name as Perez, Cruz, Lopez, Martinez.

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Posted by Joyce
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Im sure that nepotism isn't the case. We should't be out to crucify all caltrain/amtrak employees based on the disgusting choices of one person. I ride the train everyday and can say that I've never encountered any issues of this nature. I know that justice will prevail and I'll still continue to use caltrain.

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