Sleeping passenger with gun empties TriMet bus

Roads in the North Greeley-Willamette area re-opened around 10 a.m.

A sleeping passenger with a gun in his waistband prompted a TriMet bus to be emptied surrendered to Portland police without incident, July 11, 2017 (KOIN)
A sleeping passenger with a gun in his waistband prompted a TriMet bus to be emptied surrendered to Portland police without incident, July 11, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A sleeping passenger with a gun in his waistband awoke and came out of a TriMet bus with his hands up, an incident that prompted the bus to be emptied and Portland police to block off roads in North Portland.

Around 9 a.m. a rider alerted a TriMet bus driver that the sleeping passenger, later identified as 18-year-old Edgar Sanchez, had a gun in his waistband. The driver checked, then pulled the bus over and quietly got all the other riders off the bus.

Police took no chances, sending 16 units to the scene in a precautionary move.

Peter Wilson, a visitor from California, was a witness to a sleeping passenger with a gun on a TriMet bus in North Portland, July 11, 2017 (KOIN)
Peter Wilson, a visitor from California, was a witness to a sleeping passenger with a gun on a TriMet bus in North Portland, July 11, 2017 (KOIN)

They tried for a while to contact Sanchez, but he was not responsive. After 35 minutes, Sanchez woke up and police ordered him off the bus with his hands up.

Police said Sanchez came out, surrendered without incident, was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Two brothers, Peter and Michael Wilson, visiting Portland from California had a front row seat to all the action.

“We just have an Airbnb here,” visitor Peter Wilson said. “There was an armed robbery at the bar across the street and now this happened. We’re getting a lot of excitement. We’re safe, so it’s entertainment, but it’s kind of interesting. Welcome to Portland!”

Mugshot of Edgar Sanchez, 18, as seen on July 11, 2017. (MCSO)
Mugshot of Edgar Sanchez, 18, as seen on July 11, 2017. (MCSO)

The armed robbery was the Greeley Avenue Bar early Monday.

Sanchez was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of 2nd-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with public transportation, unlawful possession of a firearm and delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) for consideration.

Roads in the area re-opened around 10 a.m.

A sleeping passenger with a gun in his waistband prompted a TriMet bus to be emptied and Portland police to block off roads in North Portland, July 11, 2017 (KOIN)
A sleeping passenger with a gun in his waistband prompted a TriMet bus to be emptied and Portland police to block off roads in North Portland, July 11, 2017 (KOIN)