"They pulled out one juvenile on the end train, one on the middle train and one on the front train,” said Anderson, “They were all together, but they separated."
Police say they found the BB guns on the train, and two of the teens, ages 15 and 16, will now face charges for transporting them on public transit.
Business as usual at the light rail stop in Mount Washington until a number of passengers spotted young men with very real looking handguns that proved to fire BBs rather than bullets, but many riders didn't know that.
"I'm from White Marsh and I take a bus and then a train and then another bus to work, and I ain't gonna lie. I carry a knife on me, because it's crazy here, man," said Todd Golden.
Police tried to head off the train at the next southbound stop at Cold Spring, but by the time officers with the Maryland Transit Administration converged there, the train had slipped through.
Despite the suspects' best efforts to avoid capture, police finally caught up with them down the line.
"They stopped the train at the Convention Center stop,” said Herman Anderson, “I saw all of the officers converge on the train. They checked every train one by one and when they came off, the had three young gentlemen with them. They took them down to the corner, and I got on the train and just went on."
It appears, based on witnesses' descriptions of the young suspects, police quickly spotted each of them---even as they tried to split up and blend in with the crowds.