United worker postpones plea on gun-possession charge 

A transgender Pacifica resident, arrested last week on suspicion of bringing a revolver to her job at a United Airlines maintenance yard at San Francisco International Airport, postponed entering a plea in court Wednesday.

Traci Timothy Bracken, 55, is expected to enter her plea Tuesday on charges that she was in possession of a loaded gun when she was arrested at United on Feb. 7, said Steve Wagstaffe, chief deputy in the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Bracken remains in custody in the women’s sector of the San Mateo county jail on $200,000 bail.

Prior to bringing the gun, Bracken was seen with a set of brass knuckles a month ago by her United co-workers, Wagstaffe said.

"[United] had reason to believe that [Bracken] had brought weapons to work in the past, and when she arrived at work, they had their human resources and security people there to greet her," said San Mateo County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Alcantara. "Employees are subject to search on the premises, and they found her in possession of a .38-caliber revolver."

Although sheriff’s investigators interviewed Bracken’s co-workers at United, none of them indicated any reason why she would have brought a gun to work last Thursday, Alcantara said.

After her arrest, police searched Bracken’s Pacifica home and found an illegal Colt AR15 assault rifle, Wagstaffe said.

Bracken was an employee on United’s maintenance base, and did not bring the gun onto airport property or work in any capacity that involved the general public, said airline spokeswoman Megan McCarthy.

McCarthy said she could not disclose how long Bracken worked for the airline, nor could she discuss the company’s specific procedures for dealing with employees who bring weapons to work. United is conducting an internal investigation of the matter, she said.

This is not Bracken’s first run-in with the law. She is also scheduled for a jury trial in May on unrelated felony charges that she used a knife to attack an off-duty parole officer in a Pacifica bar, Wagstaffe said.

"It’s still a mystery why the attack occurred," Wagstaffe said. He added that the two cases could be tried together this spring.

bwinegarner@examiner.com

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