Performance art? Amtrak stops for allegedly berzerk rider

The man whose alleged actions brought an Amtrak train to a halt in the Nelson County village of Shipman on the morning of June 9 will be spending nearly a week in jail.

Barrett Harrington Wolfe, a 22-year-old Atlanta photographer and self-described "propagandist," racked up five felony and three misdemeanor charges for allegedly assaulting a female passenger and conductor on the Crescent and then kicking two windows out of a county sheriff's department car and attempting a handcuffed escape.

Wolfe bit a deputy and scratched two more, according to Sheriff David Brooks.

"I don't know what his problem was," says Brooks. "He started to get agitated in Georgia. I don't know if it was drugs, but we got paraphernalia off him."

Nelson law enforcers say they had no idea what they were facing when the call came in about a problem on the New Orleans-to-New York passenger train, says Brooks.

"We thought it might be a medical," says Brooks.

It turns out that a female passenger reported getting shoved and knocked down, and the conductor suffered neck and back injuries that hospitalized him for several hours (and could raise the misdemeanor assault charge into a felony if the injuries prove severe), says Brooks.

"What you have is kind of like a hostage situation on the train," says the sheriff. "You can't get off."

Wolfe is a fine art/fantasy photographer. Although he once created a blog called "Wolfe attack" where he described his occupation as "propagandist," his Twitter account describes him as "an unconventional fine artist who lives for exploring innovative approaches to making rebellious, tasteful art."

The artist was taken but not admitted to the UVA Medical Center for cuts stemming from the police car windows. He was, however, admitted to Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail and held without bond.

In mountainous and thinly-populated Nelson, the General District Court meets just once a week, so Wolfe's first opportunity for bail won't happen until Wednesday, June 15.

There, after having spent six nights in jail, Wolfe will face three charges of felony assault on law enforcement (for the alleged biting and scratching), one felony property damage charge for the broken windows, one felony escape charge (he managed to wriggle through the broken-out window, says Brooks), one misdemeanor resisting charge, and two misdemeanor assault and battery charges.

"I'm not violent," Wolfe once said on this Twitter account. "I am intensely passionate."

Read more on: barrett wolfecrescent


schizophrenic is my bet.

"I'm not violent," Wolfe once said on this Twitter account. "I am intensely passionate." If he would have urinated on the people he attacked that would have made him an instant hit with the elite art world.What a whack job!

He's just the right age. It's Dementia Praecox all right as emmajane said. Just like the guy in Arizona who shot all those people, IF he can be made to take proper meds his condition may be controllable. If not he's in for grief.

He looks a bit like Sid Vicious--not as cute or nice.

You call that art? Heck, my 9 year-old could beat up some cops and kick a window. P. Buckley Moss. Now there is an Artist...

Deleted by moderator.

Good thing he didn't say anything about not trusting the government or he'd be getting forcibly drugged (tortured if you believe the Geneva Accords and myself). He wouldn't be looking forward to a trial or enjoying any due process rights either. But he was smart - he committed a crime, so he gets all the rights and priveleges that a "schizophrenic" would be denied, namely 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Amendment rights. And he's not being tortured either. THAT DOESN'T SEEM FAIR OR RIGHT TO ME. FREE THE "SCHIZOPHRENICS" WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME LET ALONE CONVICTED AND ARE BEING TORTURED EVERY SINGLE DAY AT WESTERN STATE TORTURE CHAMBER.

Next time I get detained and tortured for saying things cops don't like or believe, I'll remember to kick out one of their windows so they have to treat me like better than they did before.

Plenty of open political races over the next few years- he would fit right in......

perhaps he can blame it on Bush.....

If he would have just waited and pulled this crap in Cville, he would be embraced as a "hero" and coddled....

he's not schizophrenic.