C-TRAN bus hijacked in Vancouver

A 31-year-old man was arrested after the bus was stopped on I-205 Friday evening

VANCOUVER — UPDATE: Vancouver Police now say all other passengers had exited the bus prior to the hijacking attempt.

ORIGINAL STORY:
The Friday evening commute took a frightening turn just after 6 p.m. when a man boarded a C-TRAN bus near Northeast Covington Road and Fourth Plain.

According to Vancouver Police the man, later identified as 31-year-old Anthony S. Lybeck, implied that he had a gun and ordered the driver to take him to Portland. No gun was seen during the incident.

The bus did have passengers on board at the time, but a news release says the driver was able to stop and let them off before continuing.

Vancouver Police surround a C-TRAN bus on I-205 after it was hijacked by a man claiming to have a gun Friday night. Photo courtesy Emily Wright
Vancouver Police surround a C-TRAN bus on I-205 after it was hijacked by a man claiming to have a gun Friday night. Photo courtesy Emily Wright

Responding patrol officers were able to deploy spike strips in an attempt to stop the bus, but they were not effective. When the bus entered heavy traffic on I-205 southbound before the Glenn Jackson Bridge officers were able to get in front and stop it.

The driver was safely removed and Lybeck was taken into custody without further incident. He was booked in the Clark County Jail on a charge of First Degree Kidnapping.

According to a news release by Vancouver Police there were no injuries. The name of the bus driver and passengers are not being released at this time.

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