Cops Yank Teen with Gun Off Muni Train

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).

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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