LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A section of the Metro Red Line train tunnel was shut down and train services delayed after a 51-year-old man ran a nearly mile-long segment of the tunnel, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.

Bret Aron Newman ran from the Hollywood and Vine station to the Hollywood and Western station while deputies were conducting a fare operation on Wednesday afternoon, said Sgt. Sergio Flores of the sheriff’s Transit Bureau which patrols Metro facilities.

Deputies notified rail authorities that a man ran into the train tunnel and Metro shut off power in the south tunnel to prevent Newman from being electrocuted, Flores said.

Train service was delayed and Newman was taken into custody when he emerged at Hollywood and Western station by waiting deputies, Flores said.

Newman told deputies he ran the nearly mile distance because he thought he had an arrest warrant, Flores said.

“We do get people on the tracks sometimes, but this is not something I see happening regularly,” Flores said.

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Comments (17)
  1. Stevers says:

    Probably one of the most ignorant comments I’ve ever read.

    1. Anthony says:

      you just have to wonder what goes through the heads of people like Bean. Hey Pilgrims, where are YOUR papers?

  2. Rich says:

    Wow. With a name like BEAN it’s not a shock that you generate a lot of hot air coming out of you.

  3. John Smith says:

    The invasion of our southern border by 18 million poor, uneducated, unskilled people is the same as the Pilgrims coming to American shores? That’s just crazy stupid.

    1. Rosemary O'Connor says:

      the Pilgrims coming to the American shores, killing off the majority of the NATIVE Americans is better than these harmless invasions? now that’s just crazy stupid. we aren’t any better.

    2. Nobody Reads says:

      Duh……The man that didn’t pay his fare
      That took advantage of our tax money
      was not an illegal

      Ever hear of Sean Patrick Bean, Irish Actor?
      or Mr Bean. English comedian character

  4. Taurocero says:

    Bean, a reference to the actual isze of the commentor’s Brain

    1. nomechifles says:

      take it easy on Bean. He and Sergio Flores had something sweet between them going until Sergio dumpped him. That’s why he is against Sergio. he is really broken hearted. Find Bean another lover, or someone who will keep his mouth busy.

  5. Will Campbell says:

    Don’t be so hard on Bean, folks. You’d be bitter too if your real name was Trollbag McRacistpants.

  6. Taurocero says:

    True, Will. @John Smith, what’s Crazy Stupid is 51 year old Brent Aron Newman…Metro should have left the Power ON

  7. Jacob says:

    It is upseting to see that nobody is competent enought to right something with relevance to the article.

  8. DaveinLA says:

    WHEN DID THIS SHUTDOWN OCCUR??? We have all this info, but I have no idea when this happened. I know that the official statement was released sometime Thursday. Does that mean that the incident happened on Thursday? A news source used to tell you at least the when, who and what. No we just get juicy details, no substantive information. Should I avoid the Red line today? ARRGGHHH!!!!

    1. lacrossestar83 says:

      It will be okay.

  9. DaveinLA says:

    I found the info- Wed. afternoon—-buried deep in the article!!!

  10. Smits says:

    Let’s run over this Sgt. Sergio Flores like Mexicans do.

  11. Bean says:

    Sgt. Sergio Flores should arrest himself and deport himself with a name like that.

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