PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — A Georgia man caught urinating at a Metro Gold Line station in Pasadena Wednesday was carrying a cache of weapons, including a loaded AR-15-type rifle, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Christopher Goodine, 28, was relieving himself into a planter at the Sierra Madre Villa station when patrolling deputies confronted him, they said.
Besides the rifle, he had a handgun, a machete, a rope, a notebook with odd writing in it, a silencer and two loaded high-capacity magazines and additional rounds of ammunition inside a duffel bag.
Deputies displayed those items during a news conference.
“I think honestly the first thing I felt was relief because we got to this stuff first,” transit Deputy Katherine Zubo said.
“Everyday we unite with all our partners and our sergeants. We talk about getting this guy everyday…you can see we got one today,” said Deputy Juan Gonzalez-Valencia.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell said it was unclear what Goodine was going to do with the weapons, but there was no indication he could be linked to terrorism.
“We have somebody who was walking around with this type of weaponry, this much ammunition – the outcome would not have been good no matter what he was going to do,” McDonnell said. “For the grace of god, we could have had a tragedy here today in Los Angeles.”
Goodine was cooperative but lied to deputies about his name, and the guns an ammo may have come from a supplier in Georgia, investigators said.
Goodine was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.