Teen arrested after 911 operator sees him with gun
A police officer tipped off 911 operators after seeing a teenager hold a handgun while riding a city bus yesterday.
According to police, around 1:15 yesterday afternoon, an off-duty officer, a 911 operator herself, was on an S40 bus in Staten Island’s Richmond Terrace.
Police Communications Technician Coryse Hercules, 28, saw another rider’s eyes widen when the 18-year-old moved a gun from his pants to his backpack, police said.
Hercules was sitting two seats away and heard the woman whisper, “He’s got a gun.”
The teen heard too, and allegedly told the bus, “Calm down. It’s not that serious. I carry it for protection.”
“Ms. Hercules wasn’t convinced,” the NYPD account continues.
She realized she should not call and speak out loud to 911 operators, and instead texted a friend and coworker, who alerted 911.
Minutes later, cops pulled over the bus and boarded. The teen moved away from his backpack, but Hercules pointed him out.
Raysean Alson, 18, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
They found a semiautomatic pistol and loaded revolver in his backpack, which was reported stolen from Delaware, cops said.