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Commuter Taking Photos Alarms Passengers, Removed from Train at Odenton

A commuter who likes to take photos of his train ride into Washington, D.C., was detained by federal agents in Odenton Tuesday.

A commuter who likes to take photos of his train ride into Washington, D.C., was detained by federal agents in Odenton Tuesday. File|Patch
A commuter who likes to take photos of his train ride into Washington, D.C., was detained by federal agents in Odenton Tuesday. File|Patch

Passengers on the No. 419 MARC train asked that a man photographing the scene be removed from the train Tuesday morning at the Odenton station.

The self-described “train enthusiast” was taking a series of photographs, then was briefly detained by federal agents after raising concerns among fellow passengers, reports The Baltimore Sun.

The unidentified man represented no danger, said 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Riders had pointed out the man, who they deemed suspicious, to a train conductor. The conductor contacted members of a federal Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) team, who were doing a routine check at the station at the time.

The other passengers wanted the man, who was taking pictures of "the train, tracks, station and security cameras," taken off the train, Green told the Sun.

The VIPR team asked the man to get off the train, and he "did so cooperatively," Green said.

The man told agents he is a "train enthusiast" who enjoys taking pictures of his daily commute to his job in Washington, Green said. The passenger even offered to show his photos to investigators, who let him continue on on a later train.

Justin case April 07, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Not one of those Christians killed in the name of god. Nobody yelled god is great then killed a bunch of people, except Muslims. Besides , a dot, a bullseye or Muslim, Islamic, a towel, a scarf.....who cares? Their all sandroaches and take money and food out of my (and your) kids mouths
Kolo Jezdec April 07, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Really, Mr. Case? The motive for anti-abortionist Scott Roeder murdering Wichita doctor George Tiller on May 31, 2009 was a belief that abortion is not only immoral, but also a form of murder under "God's law"
Kolo Jezdec April 07, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Eric Robert Rudolph carried out the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996, as well as subsequent attacks on an abortion clinic and on a lesbian nightclub, he said to answer a call on all Christians to "rise up" and "take action" against threats to Christianity and to unborn life.
Kolo Jezdec April 07, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Hutaree was a Christian militia group based in Adrian, Michigan. In 2010, after an FBI agent infiltrated the group a federal grand jury in Detroit indicted nine of its members on charges of seditious conspiracy to the use of improvised explosive devices, teaching the use of explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Kolo Jezdec April 07, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Let's not forget that the largest current KKK group, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (believed to have about 8,000 followers) is led by the Pastor of the Christian Revival Center in Arkansas.

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