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7/8/2013 2:01:00 PM
Three apparent 'train hoppers' arrested

Three men were arrested Sunday afternoon after police say they were train hopping their way across the country.

Mark William Mason, 30, Nicholas B. Morales, 21, and Sebastin Josef Capobianco, 20, were arrested and charged with trespassing upon rail road tracks after police found them in a boxcar at the CSX Transportation facility off of McCormick Highway Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, police were dispatched to the CSX facility at about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon after receiving a call about three men dancing on a train. When officers arrived, they observed Morales jump out of the train wearing only boxer shorts. The officer then asked the other two to get out of the train car. Capobianco came out wearing only boxer shorts and shoes. He was followed out of the car by Mason. The three men said they travel all around the country by jumping on trains. A CSX employee confirmed that nothing had been stolen.

Mason is listed on the report as homeless with his city of residence as Tuscon, Ariz. Morales is listed as being from Brooklyn, N.Y. while Capobianco is listed as being from Greenwood.

Train hopping was recently highlighted after Michael Brodie, also known as the Polaroid Kidd, published a new book entitled “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity.” The book is a collection of photographs Brodie took over the course of five years and travelling more than 50,000 miles by hopping trains. Brodie’s photos were displayed at art galleries in New York and Los Angeles.

A request to interview the three men was denied by the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: Paula Smith

These are some of the most interesting characters I've read about in awhile. Outside of being dangerous, I don't think there's any harm in what they're doing but don't blame the railroad because it is their property and they could be held accountable. I wish they would have been interviewed though.

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: Dana Silver

Maybe the hobos were the ones stealing the trailers...

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013
Article comment by: O C Arnold

There have been about twenty trailers stolen in the Bradley area (ours included), and GCSO is rushing out to arrest harmless "hobos". Meanwhile, we've heard nothing of whether there are any leads to all the STOLEN trailers or maybe the thieves themselves. That's rich.

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