Officers find loaded gun on unruly Metro passenger - KMOV.com

Officers find loaded gun on unruly Metro passenger

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Trevon Kea Trevon Kea
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A Metro bus operator called for police assistance when a teenage passenger was allegedly bothering other Metro riders, but police were faced with a potential dangerous situation when they discovered the young man was armed.

After the Metro bus stopped near the North Hanley Station, 18-year-old Trevon Kea got off the bus and walked away.That's when police say Kea reached into his pocket.

Officers frisked Kea and found a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol in his pocket.

"We are just like every other business that is open to the public," said Metro Communications Director Dianne Williams. "Whether you're at a grocery store, a mall, or a bus, unless there's a cause, you're not frisking everyone that comes into your establishment."

Williams added that Metro operators know when to call for help, like the driver in this scenario did, but they cannot do it alone.

"We need more police, actual uniformed officers that work for the police precinct. That's what we need," said Benny Childrous, a Metro customer.

Currently, Metro has contacts with St. Louis County, St. Louis City and St. Clair County and is increasing patrols on trains and buses in response to crimes.

Kea faces a felony charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

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