Man Accused of Trying to Hijack School Bus

Posted on November 7, 2018

FRESNO, Calif. — A man here was arrested after allegedly attempting to hijack a bus full of students on Monday, police told The Mercury News.

The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. at a gas station on Highway 99 as a bus carrying 41 elementary school students was returning from a science camp in Oakhurst. Police said the driver stopped the bus at the gas station so several students could use the restroom.

Lt. Mark Hudson of Fresno Police Department told The Mercury News that as a teacher on the bus escorted the students to the gas station, Christopher Martinez, 47, stepped onto the bus and said he was driving to a mission in San Gabriel, California. Martinez grabbed the driver by the collar to pull her from the driver’s seat, and then walked from the front to the back of the bus. No one was harmed.

Martinez complied with orders from the bus driver, the gas station clerk, and the teacher to exit the bus, and then walked to the store where he was taken into custody, The Mercury News reports. Martinez was charged with attempted carjacking, and was being held on $2,500 bond, according to the news source.

To read the full story, go here.

Related Topics: California

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Erik Richard Bonde, mayor of Rice, Minnesota, was about to pick up students when police arrived to let him know his driver’s license was suspended. His blood alcohol test results were above the legal limit for driving, police said. Photo courtesy Benton County Sheriff's Office

Minnesota Mayor Driving School Bus Charged With DUI

Erik Richard Bonde is about to pick up students when police arrive to let him know his driver’s license is suspended. His blood alcohol test results are above the legal limit for driving, police say.


School Bus Driver to be Cited in Crash With Truck

The New Jersey driver reportedly tries to make a left turn and collides with a tractor-trailer, authorities say. Fourteen students are taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

New technology can play a role in ehancing safety, and several items on display at the NAPT trade show were created to help prevent fatal school bus crashes. File photo

Tech Advancements Offer Hope Amid Student Tragedies

It is essential that the motorists who share the road with bus drivers stop for stopped school buses. However, it is encouraging to see how technology is evolving to help provide an even safer ride for all students.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!