Centralia police arrest Amtrak driver for firing a gun at fellow passengers
CENTRALIA – A 24-year-old Chicago man was arrested early Friday morning in Centralia after allegedly pulling a handgun at fellow passengers on the Amtrak train they were riding to Centralia.
Police say around 4:33 a.m. Friday they were contacted by Amtrak about a train approaching Centralia Station with a subject who fired a gun at other passengers.
All available agents have been dispatched to the station. At 4:35 a.m. the train arrived and officers made contact with Amtrak conductors as well as 24-year-old passenger Robert King.
The drivers told officers they had the gun that was in King’s possession and turned it over to police. King was detained while police obtained witness statements from the conductors and a passenger on the train.
According to the conductors, King showed them a message that someone on the train was trying to kill him. The conductors took King to an empty train car where they attempted to gather additional information from King. He gave drivers a description of the subject trying to kill him. One conductor stayed with King while the other two conductors searched the train. As they searched, a passenger stopped a driver and informed him that the subject they had just boarded in the nearby car was carrying a handgun. The driver returned to the empty car and asked King if he had a gun. King then dropped a loaded revolver on the ground. One driver held King against the wall while the other driver took possession of the gun.
King gave a description of the subject he believed was trying to kill him. Officers and conductors searched the entire train and no one on the train matched the description.
King was transported to the station but refused to answer questions about the incident.
King was arrested for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm/no FOID, carrying/concealment of a firearm/license to carry without concealment and disorderly conduct. He was fingerprinted, photographed and transported to Marion County Jail in Salem.