A man in a bulletproof vest was busted in Chicago toting a loaded gun and a bag full of stolen SWAT gear from the NYPD, according to prosecutors.
Isaiah Malailua, 21, was arrested at a ticket counter at Union Station – a massive commuter hub in the Windy City – Friday morning after police dogs sniffed explosive residue in a bag he left unattended, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Malailua, from Redding, California, was traveling through Chicago when he was nabbed at 9:30 a.m.
Prosecutors said Malailua was carrying a loaded 9mm handgun, which he didn’t legally own. Police found the SWAT gear with NYPD patches on it inside his bag, along with a bus ticket in Malailua’s name.
He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon for wearing body armor.
Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke set bail at $100,000 and ordered Malailua to stay in the Chicago area while his case is pending.
“This is troubling, to say the least, in light of what’s happening in our country,” said Lyke.
The NYPD said it was aware the incident and working with Chicago authorities.
“The investigation is ongoing,” the NYPD said in a statement.
Additional reporting by Stephanie Pagones