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Heavily armed man arrested in 86th Street R station

Cops: Suspect caught with shotgun poking out of bag

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Police arrested a man in the 86th Street R station on May 27 who they say was carrying a shotgun, ammo, a laser sight, and a machete.

Cops say they got a call minutes before noon about a passenger riding the S53 bus near the corner of 86th Street and Fourth Avenue — with a large gun sticking out of his duffel bag.

Authorities arrived at the scene to discover the man was no longer on the bus, and canvassed the area, including the R stop.

In the subway, police found a 27-year-old Manhattan man who reportedly matched the description in the report — and had a the butt of a powerful firearm protruding from his luggage. Cops requested to search the bag, and said they found the shells and guide for the weapon, along with a large machete. The officers then arrested the man without incident.

According to television news reports, the man in custody is a former United States Marine and may suffer from mental illness. He was due to be arraigned on three charges of criminal possession of a weapon on May 28. Authorities said an investigation in the incident is still ongoing.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.
Updated 5:32 pm, July 9, 2018
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