Armed man escorted from SEPTA train, kids cited for disorderly conduct

Three unidentified boys were cited for disorderly conduct after SEPTA police caught them urinating from an elevated train platform onto the sidewalk below the station in West Philadelphia Wednesday night.

Andrew Busch, a SEPTA spokesman, said the boys, who range from 11 to 13-years-old, were spotted at the 52nd and Market Street station around 8:45 p.m. He said the trio was not taken into police custody.

About 15 minutes later, a westbound Market-Frankford line train was stopped at 15th Street in Center City after a woman called police saying a man on the train was carrying a gun.

Busch said the man never threatened anyone on the train and was removed without incident.

After SEPTA police escorted the unidentified man from the train, he claimed that he had a permit to carry the weapon, Busch said. The man was not carrying any form of identification at the time.

“Because of that, he was taken into custody,” Busch said, adding that information on the man's age was not available.

He was taken to the 9th police district, headquartered on 20th Street near Pennsylvania Avenue in Franklintown.