This post has been updated.
Police arrested a SEPTA passenger and confiscated four BB guns, ammunition, two large butcher knives and a meat cleaver he carried with him last night as he rode the Broad Street line.
Darryl Donahue, 52, of Germantown, told officers he had the weapons for protection, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III said. He was riding the Broad Street line north, when a sharp-eyed passenger noticed the "telltale bulge" of a gun in his waistband, took his photo with her smartphone and alerted police, Nestel said.
The man got off at 15th and Market streets, and SEPTA police Sgt. Bryan Carney, armed with the tipster's photo of Donahue, found him near Love Park about 10 p.m. After Carney shouted "POLICE!" Donahue allegedly went for his gun, Carney said. But the sergeant tackled him and arrested him; he now faces weapons charges. Donahue was arrested for a similar offense in 2009, Nestel added.