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Moorpark - Man Causes Scare on Amtrak Train Saturday Morning
1/27/2018 1:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Man Causes Scare on Amtrak Train Saturday Morning

Report Number:



Moorpark Amtrak/Metrolink Station

Date & Time:

January 27, 2018 @ 9:02 am

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Bomb Squad, Amtrak Police Department

Moorpark Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff's SWAT Team,

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

Hamilton, Don Simi Valley 21


An Amtrak train bound for Goleta was evacuated in Moorpark Saturday morning when a man

wearing a tactical vest and acting strangely locked himself in a bathroom onboard.

All 93 passengers and five crew members were evacuated from the train while SWAT team

members contacted the man, who was quickly detained. Don Hamilton was arrested for being

under the influence of a controlled substance after deputies determined the vest he was wearing

was not a ballistic tactical vest, he was not armed, and he had made no threats to anyone while

on the train. He had boarded the Amtrak Surfliner at the Simi Valley train station, where Amtrak

personnel had seen him put on the camouflaged vest as he quickly jumped on the train and

locked himself inside the bathroom.

Bomb squad personnel checked the train before it was cleared for passengers to continue to their

destination. Hamilton's vest was one commonly used by paintball enthusiasts. Hamilton was

booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura.

Prepared by:

Sgt. Eric Buschow

Media Release Date:

January 27, 2018

Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129

Approved by:


Captain John Reilly