A 28-year-old Georgia man who was caught urinating at a Metro Gold Line station in Pasadena Wednesday was found to be carrying a loaded high-powered weapon and an array of ammunition, sheriff’s officials said.
When Christopher Goodine of Union City, Georgia was contacted by sheriff’s Transit Policing Division deputies Katherine Zubo and Juan Gonzalez- Valencia for urinating in public at the Sierra Madre Villa Station, they discovered he was carrying a “loaded, high-powered firearm,” according to a sheriff’s statement.
In addition to a loaded AR-15-type rifle, Goodine had a handgun — the use of which is restricted to law enforcement personnel, a machete, rope, a notebook with odd writing in it, a suppressor and two loaded high-capacity magazines and additional rounds of ammunition inside a duffel bag, according to the sheriff’s department.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell, while noting there appeared to be no connection to terrorism, expressed relief that the man was found and the weaponry recovered, regardless of his intentions.
“We have somebody who was walking around with this type of weaponry, this much ammunition — the outcome would not have been good no matter what he was going to do,” McDonnell said at an afternoon news conference at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.
Goodine was cooperative and coherent, according to Zubo.
“I think honestly the first thing I felt was relief because we got to this stuff first,” she said.
Goodine was booked on suspicion of possession of a silencer, possession of an assault weapon and possession of a high-capacity magazine, the sheriff’s department reported.
Goodine was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail pending a Friday court appearance in Pasadena, according to sheriff’s inmate records.
–City News Service