San Diego police arrived at the Santa Fe Depot on Kettner Boulevard at about 12:40 a.m. on April 11, after an Amtrak employee called 911 to report a man sitting on the rails underneath a train engine and private car that they were trying to move.
The man refused several of the employees’ requests to leave the premises and was told that he was interfering with their work. The subject of the complaint appeared to be a white male in his late 20s and mentally unstable. He told the employees he wanted to be admitted to a mental hospital.
A witness said the man was shouting accusations that he had been beaten up last year and that he had been released from a hospital about a week ago and wanted to be readmitted. He told bystanders, “If I stay here I am assured to get back in.”
Several minutes after the police arrived, the man complied with their request to come out from under the train. Police handcuffed the subject and escorted him to their car.