Off-duty 911 operator alerted police about gun-toting teen on New York bus

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – A 28-year-old off-duty 911 operator used text messaging Wednesday to inform police that a fellow passenger on a bus in Staten Island, New York was carrying a gun.

According to officials, Coryse Hercules, a police communications technician, was seated on the bus traveling along Richmond Terrace in St. George when she spotted 18-year-old Raysean Alson put a gun into his backpack at 1:15 p.m.

Police said other passengers saw the action and Alson told them that it’s not serious as he carries it only for protection.

Hercules texted an SOS to her co-worker, Stephanie Williams, who then called 911 with the location and description of the teen.

Police responded immediately, pulling the bus over before detaining Alson and checking the backpack where they found a .9-mm semi-automatic pistol and a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver with five live rounds and a spent shell casing.

Alson, who has been arrested three times, was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and is waiting to be arraigned Wednesday morning.

Investigation is ongoing to determine where the spent .38-caliber shell was fired.

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