Kingsburg Students Escape Attempted Bus-Jacking

Dozens of young children from an elementary school in Fresno County survived a harrowing experience Monday, thanks to the quick actions of a school bus driver and a gas station attendant.

At 6:30 p.m., a school bus carrying 41 students from Reagan Elementary School came to a stop to allow several children to use the restroom. While idle, it became the target of an attempted carjacking by an erratic individual who shouted “Jesus is coming!” before grabbing the female bus driver by the collar and attempting to take control of the bus.

The driver quickly pulled the keys from the ignition, preventing the man from commandeering the vehicle. He stayed on board, pacing up and down the aisle, but did not touch any of the children.

According to the Fresno Bee, a gas station attendant witnessed the incident and intervened, calmly asking the man to leave. He complied and was arrested by police.

The attempted carjacker has been identified as a 47-year-old homeless man named Christopher Martinez.


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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 21:15

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