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Megabus Passenger Arrested for Firing Gun and Harassing Driver

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 15, 2015

Megabus Passenger Arrested for Firing Gun and Harassing Driver

A Megabus trip from Chicago, Illinois, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, took a scary turn Tuesday when a man was arrested for firing a gun onboard and harassing the driver.

According to Tonya Francisco of, a passenger on the bus reportedly discharged his weapon inside the bathroom before walking to the lower level and putting his hands on the driver. One of the other passengers described the suspect as grabbing the driver’s arm and trying to get behind the wheel with the intention of driving.

Realizing the severity of the situation, passenger Kenneth Smith decided he had enough and confronted the armed man. After telling him to leave the driver alone, the suspect began walking toward Smith in what he described as a threatening manner.

Smith warned the suspect to take a step back, but he was forced to take the armed man to the ground and use a chokehold to subdue him until the police arrived. The bus driver pulled the vehicle over in Des Plaines Oasis,Ill. and phoned the authorities.

For Smith, he told about how he had no choice but to act, saying, “He was saying something, but it didn’t make sense. I noticed that (the bus driver) was pushing him off of her. Because he had her by the arm, like he was pulling her, like he was trying to drive. He was grabbing at his hip, and I told him he was getting too close. As he kept coming, that’s when I rushed him. I choked him, he fell to the floor, and the clip fell out of the gun.”

The passenger was arrested and was being held at the Des Plaines Police Department, Unfortunately, the suspect was being uncooperative and refused to give police any information, so charges have not been filed against the man yet.

The other passengers were moved to a different Megabus and taken to their destination. As for Smith, the other people on board and the local authorities are calling him a hero for his actions.

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