Man Involved In Bay Bridge Standoff Faces Multiple Charges

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — An Antioch man who was arrested after he threatened to kill himself during a standoff on the Bay Bridge Thursday was charged Friday with several felonies, including kidnapping and making a false bomb threat, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said.

Craig Carlos-Valentino, 51, stopped his sport utility vehicle on the upper deck of the bridge west of Treasure Island around 7 a.m., the CHP said.

He called radio station KCBS before calling 911 and saying he was with his daughter and had explosives and a gun.

Eventually he let his daughter go and climbed over the rail on the side of the bridge, the CHP said.

A San Francisco police negotiating team convinced him to step away from the ledge and took him into custody around 8 a.m.

Police determined there were no explosives in his SUV, and the guns he had were just pellet guns, the CHP said.

Carlos-Valentino was charged Friday with kidnapping, false imprisonment, child endangerment, and making a false bomb threat, all felonies, the district attorney’s office said.

He was also charged with misdemeanor brandishing a firearm, resisting or delaying a CHP officer, and driving with a suspended license.

Carlos-Valentino, who said he used to work for the American Red Cross but currently works as a security guard, apologized to authorities for causing the scene at the bridge.

“He’s extremely remorseful,” CHP spokesman Sgt. Trent Cross said.

“He feels bad he inconvenienced everyone.”

The CHP stopped westbound traffic on the Bay Bridge between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. due to the standoff. Eastbound traffic was not affected, though.

Carlos-Valentino was reportedly upset in part because he was having marital problems, the CHP said.

The appeared “very agitated, upset and angry” at the scene, Cross said, and accused his wife of 20 years of having an affair.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in San Francisco Superior Court.

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  • James Campbell

    Does this man need to be prosecuted or helped? Sure, what he did was against the law, but maybe it’s time we recognize the need for a new paradigm when it comes to support for our citizens as much as our businesses. If AGI was “too big to fail”, what about our middle class? Ours is a consumer economy/society, and if the “biggest group” of our economy is allowed to fail, what will be the long term effects on our nation? This man and his offense is just one small incident, but it represents a larger problem brewing in our country right now. Prosecute him and the precedent will be set. The next distressed citizen will have to be prosecuted, and the next, and the next, etc., etc. And what will this mean for our nation?…more prisons? Its that the answer to our problems? The corporate world right now is holding almost all the cards, in the form of capital (cash). It’s their call. Either they set a new vision for the future and start hiring people to enact that vision, or be prepared to turn our world into a prison society which will mean the end of the world as we know it.

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