Port authority police arrested several train hoppers who were caught in a highly-restricted area.
Police tell FOX10 news, early Thursday, April 3 sensors and surveillance cameras alerted them to 4 transients and a dog that jumped off a train in the downtown Mobile switchyard.
Investigators responded immediately and arrested the group; taking the dog to animal control.
The men arrested were:
- James Smith, 35, of Oromore, OK (who police say had an outstanding warrant from CA)
- John Price, 29, of Atlanta, GA
- Brian Mills, 22, of Covington, GA
- Alvin Jackson, 26, of Atlanta GA
Port Authority police say they average at least one transient train-rider arrest a week.
The latest bust comes a little more than a year after several train-hoppers were crushed to death while huddling inside a gondola, headed for Florida.
FOX10 News is speaking with officials about the problem and national security issues.