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.

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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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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