Amtrak police arrested man with SWAT equipment at Chicago Union Station

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CHICAGO — Amtrak officials are praising railroad police after officers arrested a California man with unusual luggage attempting to buy train tickets at Chicago's Union Station Friday morning.

An Amtrak representative confirms to Trains News Wire that Amtrak Police arrested Isaiah Joel Malailua after officers on routine patrol at the station inspected a parcel that was later found to have contained stolen equipment from the New York Police Department.

"This was good police work by APD," says Christina Leeds, the representative.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Malailua, 21, of Redding, Calif., is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail in a Cook County, Ill., jail on charges of aggravated unlawful use of body armor or a weapon. The Tribune cites police reports that say police on patrol spotted a duffel bag Friday morning and investigated its contents finding Special Weapons and Tactics gear that had apparently been stolen from New York City police. Amtrak police traced the bag to Malailua, who police say was wearing body armor and possessed a 9 mm handgun when they found him at an Amtrak ticket counter.

Police are continuing their investigation.

See the Tribune report online.

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