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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cops Yank Teen with Gun Off Muni Train

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 2:18 PM

click to enlarge Police lean in to speak with one of the suspects pulled off a T-Third train today after a passenger spotted a fellow rider with a gun - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • Police lean in to speak with one of the suspects pulled off a T-Third train today after a passenger spotted a fellow rider with a gun
Joe Eskenazi
Police lean in to speak with one of the suspects pulled off a T-Third train today after a passenger spotted a fellow rider with a gun

A phalanx of San Francisco Police swarmed an incoming T-train at Fourth and King, and arrested a passenger toting a gun moments ago.

A fellow passenger had noticed the gun tucked into the man's pants and silently informed the driver, Sergeant Pete Thoshinsky told SF Weekly. The driver, in turn, radioed the cops -- who boarded the train at about 2 p.m., an estimated three to five minutes after the driver's call.

The stackup of police cars with lights flashing caught the attention of a late lunchtime crowd. At least six uniformed officers swarmed the train, along with two plainclothes officers (one of whom was in very plain clothes: tan shorts, white socks, cream Chuck Taylor lowtops, a Led Zeppelin T-shirt, a sun-bleached Giants cap. He was also smoking -- Parliaments, we believe).

click to enlarge Police blocked the tracks while they yanked a gun-toting man out of a train; passengers were forced to wait it out - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • Police blocked the tracks while they yanked a gun-toting man out of a train; passengers were forced to wait it out
Joe Eskenazi
Police blocked the tracks while they yanked a gun-toting man out of a train; passengers were forced to wait it out
The police arrested the man in possession of a .38-caliber revolver and

detained his friend. The detainees are en route to the Hall of Justice; one or

both will face charges of carrying a loaded and concealed weapon in

public. Thoshinsky described the suspects as "young black males," both of whom are adults.

Update, 2:29 p.m.: Thoshinsky notes that the suspect allegedly possessing the gun is actually only 17 years old -- a juvenile. His companion is 18, but will be released without charges being filed.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more

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