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911 operator spots gun on Staten Island bus, texts police
STATEN ISLAND (WABC) -- An off-duty NYPD 911 operator found herself reaching out for help, but she had to do it with text messages.
Coryse Hercules was afraid to call authorities, so she started texting a friend after she realized that a teenager riding the S40 bus with her was carrying a gun.
Authorities say Hercules was seated two seats away from the suspect on the same side of the bus and heard another passenger whisper to her boyfriend that the teenager had a gun.
The suspect heard her too, and reportedly announced, "Calm down. It's not serious. I carry it for protection."
Police used Hercules info to stop the bus and arrest the teen for carrying two loaded handguns in a backpack.
The suspect reportedly had three prior arrests, including forcible touching, fare beating and marijuana possession. He is now charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
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