Brooklyn man throws away gun, jumps onto subway tracks after resisting arrest
Police stopped the 32-year-old man after they saw him enter the station using a disability MetroCard that wasn’t his.
A 32-year-old man was arrested Saturday after attempting to flee when police caught him at a Brooklyn subway station allegedly using a disability MetroCard that did not belong to him, investigators said.
On Feb. 20 at about 9 p.m. police officers who were on the southbound platform of the Livonia Avenue elevated train station saw a man enter a high-wheel turnstile using a disability MetroCard, according to police.
The officers approached the man — later identified as 32-year-old Michael Latham — and asked to see the MetroCard, authorities said. Latham instead pulled out a regular MetroCard.
When asked again, Latham showed the disability MetroCard with a name and photo on the card that was not his, cops said.
The officers then tried to arrest Latham but he instead pushed one of the officers and ran towards the south end of the platform, according to police. As he jumped onto the southbound tracks he pulled out a gun from his waistband and threw it.
Latham suffered an injury to his right knee and was taken into custody after being removed from the tracks.
Police later recovered a loaded .32 caliber Smith and Wesson on the side of 454 Livonia Ave.
Latham was treated and released from Brookdale Hospital and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, tampering with physical evidence, theft of service, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration and criminal trespass.