A spokesperson for the Martinez Jail confirmed they are detaining a man who started a fight on a BART train. The incident took place earlier this week when defendant Zachary McCabe proceeded to lie down across several seats. An older man boarded the train and tried to sit down next to him. Witnesses say the men quickly began to argue and that words soon escalated into blows. McCabe initiated the fight, they said, and several passengers tried to intervene.
It was at that time that an unidentified female passenger reached into her purse and pulled out a stun gun. She pointed the device at McCabe and was able to zap him. Law enforcement officials transported the defendant to a local hospital where he was treated for non life threatening injuries. As soon as he was cleared by medical staff McCabe was transported to the Martinez Jail where he is being held on one count of battery. Bail information was not immediately available.
Police said the woman will not be charged because she was reportedly acting as a Good Samaritan and was trying to protect the other passenger. Officers have said they do not encourage people to take the law into their own hands and point out that intervening in a physical altercation between two individuals could potentially put someone at risk.