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Man charged after failed bus hijacking in Utah

Published September 13, 2013 2:10 pm

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A man tried to hijack a bus in Ogden on Wednesday but couldn't get it started and was later arrested walking down the street.

The attempted hijacking happened shortly before 9:50 a.m. when the 41-year-old man told the driver he wouldn't disembark and "was probably going to jail today," according to Ogden police spokesman John Harvey. The bus was near the intersection of 36th Street and Tyler Avenue.

The man, whom police described as a transient, then grabbed a fire extinguisher, prompting the driver to pull over and tell his four other passengers to leave the bus.

While the driver was helping the passengers leave, the man jumped in the driver's seat and started pressing buttons in an attempt to move the bus. Harvey said the man was could not start the bus.

Instead, the driver grabbed the man, who discharged the fire extinguisher in the driver's face and escaped. Police later found him walking down 36th Street, just west of Harrison Boulevard.

Harvey said the man may have mental problems and reported hearing voices. He also has an extensive criminal history dating back to at least 2006.

The man was charged Friday with assault with intent to commit bus hijacking, a second-degree felony. A judge set bail at $10,000.

The bus driver was uninjured by the fire extinguisher discharge.

jdalrymple@sltrib.com

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