George Pugh saved Port Authority police officers from an armed homeless man who said, “We should kill those cops.”
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2016, 2:26 AM
A homeless man was thinking about getting high, not being a hero, when he helped police nab an armed stoner who suggested they kill cops Wednesday at the Port Authority.
George Pugh, 46, thought he hit the jackpot when he saw Hunter Lee Taylor, 18, of Groveland, Fla., rolling a joint on the main concourse of the Midtown bus terminal around 3:50 p.m.
“I figured he was a mark,” Pugh said. “I went over to him to ask for a cigarette, but I didn’t want any cigarette. I was interested in his weed.”
The two struck up a conversation.
Taylor said he could get weed, lots of it, and he could get guns, too, according to Pugh. Then two Port Authority cops passed by.
“I should have blown their f—ing brains out,” Pugh recounted Taylor saying. “I got my s— with me: a .38 with hollow points.”
He thought the punk was just trying to impress him — until Taylor opened his knapsack and flashed a holstered revolver. Pugh, who is black, said the current racial tensions between police and the African-American community didn’t factor into his thinking.
Pugh told cops about the man’s threats and they later found a revolver.
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“I know for a fact that if you report someone with a gun you get a reward,” he said. So Pugh said he had to go to the bathroom and buy a cigar.
Instead, he made a beeline for the police.
Cops busted Taylor for pot possession. They got a search warrant and found the revolver at about 8:50 p.m., sources said. Taylor was being held at the Midtown transit hub and charges were pending.
Pugh, who stays at Samaritan Village shelter in Bedford-Stuyvesant, said he’s been homeless since the 2013 murder of his teen son and the deaths of his wife and infant child.
“The police told me I saved lives. It was hard for me to believe he had a real gun,” Pugh said. “He was trying to cause a catastrophe. I’m glad I stopped to intervene.”