Police, train crew foil bow-and-arrow takeover

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The crew called Montclair police, and three officers arrived minutes later. The officers ordered the man to come out. Juventino Vallejo-Camerena, 43, of Pomona climbed out of the train, still clutching the bow and arrow, police said. Officers scattered and ordered the man to put down the weapon, but he refused. “He decided to cock the bow back and point it at the officers like he was going to shoot them,” said Montclair police Capt. Keith Jones. Officers shot the man, striking him in the left wrist and upper left arm. Paramedics took Vallejo-Camerena to Chino Valley Medical Center where he was treated for the non-life-threatening wounds. He was later booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, and held on suspicion of train robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. The westbound locomotive, which was carrying 71 rail cars containing various consumer goods and furniture, was headed to a harbor in Long Beach, train officials said. The train had come from Salt Lake City and was stopped at a railroad signal near Monte Vista Avenue at 10:39 p.m. when the man climbed into the locomotive, Davis said. The officers involved in the shooting were not placed on administrative leave, Jones said. Jones also said he was unsure if the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While Union Pacific railroad officials don’t know if the man intended to steal the cargo, they say no one has tried to overtake a train in years. “This is the first time I’m aware of in my 25 years working with the railroad,” Davis said. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting. Melissa Pinion-Whitt can be reached at (909) 483-9378 or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTCLAIR — A crew headed west on a freight train late Sunday was stopped at a railroad signal when they received an unexpected visitor. The man – a cross between someone out of the Great Train Robbery and Robin Hood – pointed a crude homemade bow and arrow at the crew and ordered them off the train, police said. But the train engineer and conductor were a step ahead of him, turning the wannabe Butch Cassidy into a bungling bandit. “Once the train crew got off the train, then they shut off the fuel so the train couldn’t go anywhere,” said Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis.last_img read more