Ex-convict who grabbed two guns amid armed New York fare drivers was arrested last week

NYPD cops arrested four subway bike riders in the past week and seized weapons from each of them — including an ex-con who had packed two loaded pistols, police sources said Monday.

Damien Trinidad, 28, who had been released from state prison just four months, was arrested Tuesday after getting into a scuffle with transit cops at the Broadway and East New York subway stations in Brooklyn, sources said.

Trinidad was first stopped over a groundbreaking rap – until a “ghost gun” was discovered in his waistband and a second gun wrapped in a headscarf then fell out of his pants as he tried to escape, sources said.

Trinidad, who was also charged with drug possession with intent to sell on Tuesday, was arrested in the first of a series of turnstile busts that led to more gun robberies.

“Four arrests and five firearms from the streets of the transit system in the last week for police enforcement of quality of life violations,” a senior police officer noted to The Post.

“It’s not rocket science,” he said. “That has proven itself again and again [that] Law enforcement — including fare evasion — is pulling dangerous individuals off the streets and off the system for many more violent crimes, including carrying illegal weapons.”

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NYPD transit cops caught four suspected fare drivers who were carrying guns in the past week.
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All weapons were loaded, sources said, including the so-called “ghost gun.” Such weapons are homemade and often assembled from online parts. They have no serial number and are not traceable.

Trinidad, being held on $100,000 bail, was just the beginning of good police work.

On Wednesday, cops at Brooklyn’s Rockaway Avenue station charged 28-year-old Shaliek Jefferson with possession of a .22-caliber handgun after he allegedly tried to skip the subway ticket, the sources said.

According to a criminal complaint, Jefferson was allegedly smoking marijuana when he sneaked through the emergency gate at the train station and was spotted with a gun.

He was being held on $50,000 bail or $100,000 bail, prosecutors said.

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NYPD transit cops seized five loaded guns in four subway busts last week.
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Sources said Jefferson has a criminal record that includes an assault charge in April for allegedly slashing a bodega worker in Brooklyn in the face during an argument.

On Thursday, transit cops in the Bronx arrested another suspected gunman with a history of arrests including assault and robbery, the sources said.

Suspect Keenan Grant, 31, told police “the machine was not working” when he was allegedly seen walking through the emergency gate at No 4 station in Bedford Park, prosecutors said.

Officers searched his backpack and allegedly found a loaded 9mm pistol.

Grant was charged and is being held on $15,000 in cash bail or bail, prosecutors said.

Weapons confiscated from subways.
Transit cops took five guns off the streets in four subway fragments over the past week.
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The latest arrest came Monday morning when police arrested Hunter Kyle Borges at a G-Line station on Broadway in Brooklyn, the sources said.

Borges allegedly used a transit key to open the gate at the station just before 6:40 a.m. and was found with a gun in his jacket.

He was awaiting his indictment on Monday.

All four suspects were charged with gun possession.

“Fortunately, we’re still doing enforcement and real policing,” another police source said.

“It’s a textbook. It works out.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/12/ex-con-packing-two-guns-among-armed-nyc-fare-beaters-busted-in-past-week/ Ex-convict who grabbed two guns amid armed New York fare drivers was arrested last week

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