A NORTHBOUND trip on the SEPTA Broad Street Line came to an abrupt, terrifying halt Tuesday evening after a passenger was discovered with an AK-47 at the Fairmount station.
A woman saw part of a gun poking out of the man's bag, stepped off the train at City Hall and alerted authorities, said Heather Redfern, a SEPTA spokeswoman. Police pulled the man off the train and found a dismantled AK-47, a stock, a bayonet, a 40-round clip, a .38-caliber handgun, about 25 Percocet pills, a bag of marijuana and $700 in cash, they said.
Jermal Michael Ponds, 28, of Fern Rock, was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, drug possession and other offenses, according to court documents. He is to be arraigned Aug. 17