Mar 9, 2016 6:07 PM by News Staff
California Highway Patrol identified the man responsible for threatening a bus with a bomb and shutting down a highway Tuesday evening.
Dane Alexander Jackson, 37, was arrested for 23 counts of kidnapping and making terrorist threats after he told at least one B-line bus passenger that he had a knife and a bomb aboard the bus.
Upon hearing the threat the bus driver, identified as Seng Veng, said he hit a silent alarm on the bus and waited for authorities to arrive. He told the passengers the bus had a flat tire and would not be able to proceed.
Once getting on scene, authorities cordoned off the bus and rerouted traffic at the Highway 149 - Highway 70 split.
Kael Heath, a passenger on the bus, said he was startled when the bus began to pull over on the freeway.
"This was a rather scary experience,” he said. “I don't know if a lot of people didn't notice what was going on or people just didn't think much of it. I kind of got a little bit of a bad feeling whenever they walked on."
Heath said he never heard the word bomb mentioned, but he says the gentleman who got on the bus did make some threatening statements.
“I was near the back of the bus so it was difficult for me to hear,” he said. “I did know that one of them made mention of a knife, a two and a half inch knife that was in his pants pocket."
All of the passengers were removed from the bus and taken to a secure location.
We do know that two of the passengers were taken into custody. The other individual found not to be involved and released.
“There were two that were taken into custody. One we believe doesn't have anything to do with it. Maybe just like wrong place, wrong time," Lt. Marc Stokes of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said.
Stokes said there were 23 people on the bus and all of the passengers were sent home.
Jackson was booked into Butte County Jail on $1.165 million bond.
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