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Gunman arrested after hijacking Greyhound bus

by Jorge Hernandez on February 4, 2011

An armed passenger who took over a Greyhound bus bound for Raleigh, North Carolina, was arrested shortly after taking the vehicle for a ride on Thursday. Though nobody was hurt during the ordeal, investigators are still scrambling to determine why the gunman hijacked the bus in the first place.

The suspect, 32-year-old Jose Flores, boarded the bus at around 10:17 p.m. and ordered the bus driver to pull over after drawing his gun. He then ordered 33 of the passengers off the bus, leaving just himself, the driver and one remaining passenger on board.

Local NBC affiliate WNCN reports that Flores directed the bus toward a gas station along I-85, where police were waiting.

Though Flores was eventually taken into custody, reports are emerging hat one passenger, Robert Fusco, attempted to take matters into his own hands.

"When he turned around and she [the driver] opened the door, it looked like he dropped the gun so I got up and tried to push him out the door," Fusco told the news source. "But when I did, he caught me and turned around and pointed the gun to my chest and told me to sit down – so I sat down."

According to reports from several other passengers, after Fusco attempted to knock him down, Flores threatened to start shooting the occupants of the bus, starting from the front.

Once the bus arrived at the gas station, Flores was hit with a stun gun and then arrested. According to CNN.com, police were still questioning passengers and Flores last Thursday night, and he faces kidnapping charges relating to each of the passengers. 

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