REDWOOD CITY -- The end of the BART strike didn't come soon enough to stop one man angered by the walkout from hurling a hammer at some of the transit agency's workers as they picketed outside the Daly City station, a prosecutor said Monday.
Vincent Matteucci, 39, of San Francisco pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Tuesday to felony assault charges stemming from the confrontation Monday, the same day the four-day strike ended.
The trouble began when a man walking with Matteucci shouted "get your (expletive) back to work," to the employees, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Around the same time Matteucci reportedly lobbed a hammer at the pickets, which came within 15 feet of them, someone among the BART workers shouted something back at Matteucci and his companion, officials said. Matteucci is also charged with waving a "metal straight pick," at the workers, who subsequently called police.
BART officers found Matteucci in the area, with the pick still in his pocket, and arrested him, Wagstaffe said. Matteucci was being held in lieu of $25,000 in Redwood City and is due back in court Nov. 4.
As for the man who shouted at the striking workers, he's not facing any charges because he doesn't appear to have committed a crime, Wagstaffe said.
BART trains began running again early Tuesday, seemingly ending more than six months of contentious negotiations. The rail agency's board of directors and the members of its two large unions must still approve the deal struck Monday.
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