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Police: Man tries to take over bus, drive off with elementary students

The man, identified as Christopher Rey Martinez, eventually got off the bus and was arrested by police.

A 47-year-old man was arrested after police say he tried to take over a bus with kids on board.

It happened Monday around 6:30 p.m. in the area of Jensen and Highway 99.

Fresno Police say a group of 41 sixth-grade students, a teacher and a bus driver stopped for a bathroom break in Southwest Fresno on their way back to Kingsburg from a science field trip.

Police say while the teacher and two students were off the bus, a man got on the bus and ordered the bus driver to start it and drive.

"He told us he was going to take us to the road to Jesus, and at that moment I thought I was gonna die," says Geneva Selsor, a student from Reagan Elementary School, who was on the bus.

During the confusion, police say the man shoved the driver.

"He was cussing at her real bad," Geneva says.

"When she was grabbed by the suspect, she removed the keys from the ignition and place them in her bra and hid them from the suspect," says Lt. Mark Hudson, with Fresno Police.

She alerted her dispatch, who then called 911.

Then, she honked her horn.

Police say the teacher came back and saw the commotion and told the two students to get back to the store and ask the clerk for help.

The clerk came on board the bus and ordered the man to leave.

The man, identified as Christopher Rey Martinez, got off the bus and was arrested by police.

Another bus was brought to take the kids to school.




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