Man carries guns, ammo, drugs on SEPTA train, arrested

A northbound trip on the SEPTA Broad Street Line came to an abrupt halt Tuesday evening after an eagle-eyed passenger told police she thought a man on the train was carrying a weapon.

SEPTA police topped the train at the Fairmount Station about 5:30 p.m., pulled the man off the train and found a dismantled AK-47, a stock, bayonet, a 40-round clip, a .38 caliber handgun, about 25 Percocet pills, a bag of marijuana and $700 in cash.

Jermal Michael Ponds
Jermal Michael Ponds, of Fern Rock, was arrested for allegedly carrying two guns, ammo and drugs on a northbound Broad Street Line train Tuesday, police said. (Philadelphia Police photo)

Jermal Michael Ponds, 28, of Fern Rock, was taken into custody and is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 17, according to court documents.

He’s facing charges for illegal possession of a firearm, drug possession and additional offenses, according to court documents.

Ponds, of Conlyn Street between Nedro Avenue and Grange was arrested for marijuana possession in June, and in September of 2011 he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, illegal possession of a firearm and recklessly endangering another person.

The charges were withdrawn when a witness failed to appear in court.