Michael Garafalo / Metra Police

Metra Passenger Arrested With Several Guns, Authorities Say

October 15, 2018 - 9:07 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Metra police arrested a 55-year-old man over the weekend on a Chicago-bound train from Joliet after he was found to be in possession of several loaded firearms, authorities said.

Michael Garafalo first drew attention for having a pellet rifle in a case, according to authorities. The passenger also allegedly had three loaded handguns in his waistband: a .45; a .380 and a .22. In addition, Garafalo had 454 rounds of ammunition and 12 magazines in a backpack, officials said.

He was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon and possession of ammunition and taken to Will County for processing.

Facts about Garafalo’s arrest were included in a Metra police bulletin obtained by WBBM Newsradio and confirmed by a Metra spokesperson, who said the incident occurred Saturday afternoon. Guns are not allowed on the transit system, the spokesperson said.

Garafalo, speaking to CBS 2 this week, said he wasn't aware it was illegal and that he even asked a Metra conductor before he boarded. The former Marine had been at a shooting range earlier in the day and had car trouble, he said. He decided to take the train at the last minute.