A passenger accused of firing a weapon on Red Line was quickly arrested after security officers contacted police

CHICAGO (CBS) — A passenger pulling a gun on a CTA Red Line train was caught and charged quickly thanks to heightened train security.

As CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported on Monday, we learned the man was a convicted felon on parole.

The arrest over the weekend was preceded by a call to police from a private, unarmed security guard from Monterey – the company that is currently under contract with the Chicago Transit Authority to help fight the spike in crime on his property.

The guard’s call for help was related to a man smoking in a Dan Ryan branch car of the Rede Line.

Police said the incident happened on Sunday evening. In an offer, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said a security guard asked the man – Marvin Floyd, 31 – to stop smoking on the train at the stop. 47th street.

At that point, Floyd pulled a gun from his belt, the prof said.

The security guard called the police and gave them the train information, along with Floyd’s description, the prof said.

Near 35th Street, police found Floyd sleeping on the train, the offer said. Police searched him and found a loaded green ghost pistol with an extended magazine attached to his belt, authorities said.

Ghost guns are usually home-made and don’t have a serial number, making them untraceable.

In this case, Floyd should never have had a gun on him in the first place, as a felon on parole for another gun case.

CBS 2 also learned that this was not Floyd’s first encounter with the police — nor his first criminal incident on the CTA.

Last June, he was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, after he was captured by CTA security cameras hiding an illegal weapon under a traffic cone at Grand Avenue Red Line station after removing it during of a fight.

Floyd was also on parole on another firearms charge. He was sentenced to two years in prison for the violation, but was on parole when he was arrested with the ghost gun on Sunday.

A judge ordered Floyd to be held without bail on Monday. The state’s attorney’s office still hasn’t responded to our inquiries about why and what her story might mean to move her case forward.

We are also still awaiting more information from the CTA at this time, particularly on how this private security guard assisted the police in this incident.


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