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Posted at 9:55 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Arlington man charged in NC bus hijacking

By Associated Press

Police in North Carolina have identified a Virginia man they say hijacked a Greyhound bus traveling from Richmond to Raleigh.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Gordon says 32-year-old Jose Flores of Arlington was taken into custody late Thursday near Norlina, about 60 miles north of Raleigh.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is handling the case. Sheriff Johnny Williams did not immediately return a phone call Friday morning, but jail officials said Flores is charged with kidnapping.

Police say Flores pulled a gun on a bus with 35 passengers and ordered the driver to relinquish the bus. Police surrounded the bus after it pulled into a gas station. Flores was arrested after he was hit with a stun gun.

No one was hurt. Police have not discussed a possible motive.

By Associated Press  | February 4, 2011; 9:55 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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What is the benefit of hijacking a bus? What can you possibly do with all that space?

Posted by: meatkins | February 4, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Probably another bus fetishist.

Posted by: mike8 | February 4, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

He was self-deporting and needed a ride.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 4, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The cops should've shot him (even if he was trying to give up), why not use lethal force?

Posted by: kenk33 | February 4, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I bet if you look at this guys rap sheet he's been arrested for stuff like robbing a police station and embezzling from a lemonade stand.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | February 4, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Likely illegal immigrant living in Virginia would have been a more accurate headline.

Posted by: slim21 | February 4, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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