Jermaine Titus Fulgham was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to federal court records unsealed last week. The offense carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Fulgham was arrested at about 7 p.m. Dec. 16 by two BART officers who were patrolling the train for “high visibility and police presence,” according to the criminal complaint. A few minutes after the train left the West Oakland station, the officers saw what they believed was a bag of cocaine in Fulgham’s hand, authorities said.
The officers arrested Fulgham on suspicion of drug possession and found a 9mm pistol loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition, the complaint says. The officers also reportedly found 12 grams of crack cocaine, an eighth-ounce of cocaine, and less than one-tenth of one gram of methamphetamine.Fulgham had three prior felony convictions, the most recent being a 2010 conviction for second-degree robbery, court records show.
One of the arresting officers was Joseph Mateu, who in January 2018 shot and killed Sahleem Tindle a short distance away from the West Oakland BART station. Tindle was struggling with another man over a firearm, moments after several witnesses reported hearing shots fired.
Mateu was cleared by an internal probe and by the Alameda County district attorney, and has since been promoted to sergeant, court records show. Tindle’s family has filed a lawsuit over his death.