Court Proceedings Begin This Week for Man Caught With Cache of Weapons At Metro Gold Line Station In Pasadena

Published : Monday, July 17, 2017 | 5:33 AM

Court proceedings will begin this week against a Georgia man who was arrested last month after deputies found a cache of weapons, including a loaded AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and loaded magazines, in his possession.

Christopher Harrison Goodine, 28, of Union City, Georgia, is scheduled to face the court Thursday, July 20, at Department J of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pasadena Branch, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Goodine was charged with possessing an illegal cache of weaponry after he was reportedly apprehended by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s transit deputies for urinating in public at the Sierra Madre Gold Line Station in Pasadena on June 21.

In his duffel bag, the deputies reportedly found the AR-15 rifle with a silencer attached, a 40-caliber handgun also with a silencer attached and markings indicating its use was restricted to law enforcement or military, two loaded 30-round magazines, a machete, a rope, several rounds of loose ammunition, a Bible, and a notebook with writings that investigators are still trying to decipher.

At a news conference in June after the arrest, deputies related how they first confronted Goodine as he was relieving himself into a planter at the Metro station. When Transit Deputy Katherine Kubo decided to check the duffle bag, she saw the weapons.

“We have somebody who was walking around with this type of weaponry, this much ammunition – the outcome would not have been good no matter what he was going to do,” Sheriff McDonnell said. “For the grace of god, we could have had a tragedy here today in Los Angeles.”

McDonnell said they were unsure what Goodine intended to do with the weapons. He said there was no evidence of a link to terrorism, but it was clear the deputies had averted a potential tragedy that day.

Goodine is currently being held in county jail on $10,000 bail, according to records.

If convicted as charged, Goodine faces a maximum possible sentence of six years and four months in local custody.

Deputy District Attorney Ryan Erlich is prosecuting the case.

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