(KMOV) – In one week, two passengers in two separate instances were caught carrying guns aboard MetroLink trains in the Metro East.
In each case, deputies found the guns while checking passengers’ tickets.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s office says on Saturday, a deputy asked to see a woman’s ticket at 5th and Missouri. Police say she opened her purse and the officer saw a loaded pistol.
In a separate case, the sheriff’s office says Torry Harris did not have a ticket, but he did have warrants out for his arrest. An officer searched the man’s backpack and found a loaded gun.
Metro says these incidents are rare.
Last year, out of 12,000 citations, around 10 involved passengers carrying guns on trains.
The two people arrested did not have conceal and carry permits. Even if they did, they would still face charges for carrying the guns on the train.
St. Clair County has 12 deputies assigned to patrol Metro trains. The most common violations involve passenger loitering or riding without tickets.