A Georgia man who was allegedly carrying a loaded high-powered rifle, a handgun and ammunition when he was caught urinating at a Metro Gold Line station in Pasadena was charged Friday with multiple felonies.
Christopher Harrison Goodine, 28, was arrested Wednesday at the Sierra Madre Villa transit station after transit deputies approached him after seeing him urinating in public. They discovered the cache of weapons in a duffel bag.
Goodine was charged with two counts of possession of a silencer, two counts of manufacturing or possessing a large-capacity magazine and one count each of possession of an assault weapon and carrying a loaded, unregistered handgun.
He appeared in a Pasadena courtroom and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is due back in court July 10.
If convicted as charged, he faces up to six years and four months behind bars, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday Goodine was carrying a loaded AR-15-type rifle, 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.
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 being held in lieu of $10,000 bail, but prosecutors are expected to ask that his bail be increased to $1 million.
–City News Service