Man jumps on school bus and threatens kids
Police arrest and charge him same dayBY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR Kids from Glenwood Elementary School got the ride of their lives on Friday morning when a 46 year-old-man, who was following them in his truck suddenly stopped and pushed his way onto their bus, grabbing backpacks from two of the students.
“Apparently, he told people at the scene that he believed there were drugs in the backpacks,” Rebecca Hover, spokesperson for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said. “That was not true.”
The man left the scene but some of the children recognized the man as one living in their neighborhood around the 3400 block of 97th Dr. S.E.
“911 was called and the Sheriff responded and he was subsequently arrested,” Arlene Hulten, spokesperson for the Lake Stevens School District said.
“Deputies went to the man’s house about three blocks away from the bus stop and arrested him,” Hover said. “The suspect did not use any weapons in the incident, however, when deputies arrested him, they did take two knives off of him.”
The Sheriff interviewed all of the kids and the bus driver for about a half an hour and then they were taken to the school where they met with the school counselor.
“The school counselor spent 45 minutes with them and let them share their experiences and feelings,” Hulten said. “All of the kids and the bus driver responded amazingly well in this situation.”
“On the way to the county jail the man became upset and kicked out a back window of the deputy’s patrol car,” Hover said. “When deputies tried to subdue him, he kicked them. Deputies used pepper spray to subdue him. He was then taken to an Everett hospital for treatment and then released for booking.”
The suspect has been booked into the Snohomish County Jail on two counts of robbery, one count of second-degree malicious mischief and one count of assaulting a law enforcement officer.
No children and no deputies were injured in the incident.