NEW YORK — The mother of an 18-year-old Ohio man caught with an AK-47 in a midtown Manhattan subway said her son wasn’t planning any violence — he just thought it would be okay to visit New York with an assault rifle in tow.
“I BEG of the media to quit painting a bad picture of my son whom was misinformed of the gun laws in NY,” the mother of suspect Saadiq Teague messaged a Daily News reporter on Saturday.
“He was visiting Times Square for the first time to see it in person. He was so excited and happy and had no other reasons for being in NY!” she said.
Teague — whose father was killed in a police shootout in Columbus, Ohio, last month — was arrested Friday around 12:30 p.m. inside the 42nd St./Port Authority station, sitting near a cell phone charging station with the AK-47 in plain view.
The rifle did not have a magazine inserted. A magazine and ammunition were within Teague’s reach, said law enforcement sources.
Teague was questioned by detectives from the NYPD Intelligence Bureau before he was charged with multiple counts of gun possession and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He told cops he owned the weapon legally in another state, according to a source.
Cops also recovered a gas mask, which sources said Teague attached to a bong while smoking marijuana.
Minutes before his arrest, the young suspect posted an Instagram video ragging on the Big Apple — revealing a black, metal object sticking out of his backpack.
“F--- New York!” the young man screamed into the camera as he walked down the street. A timestamp read 12:18 p.m.
“I want to go home!” he yelled, smiling from ear to ear. “Back to Columbus!”