However, the man ended up releasing the children because they asked too many questions and made the man dizzy and frustrated.
Launch The Independent, Saturday (8/5/2021), the man named Jovan Collazo (23). He attended military education in Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Initially, he intercepted and boarded the school bus on the interstate highway on Thursday (6/5/2021).
Suddenly, Collazo demanded that the bus driver divert his destination to a nearby city while carrying the children on the bus.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters Collazo told the bus driver he didn’t want to hurt him.
Collazo ordered the 18 children to the front of the bus. However, Collazo became frustrated that the children were asking a lot of questions.
“Children asked, ‘Are you going to hurt us?’ ‘Are you a soldier?’ ‘Are you a bus driver?’ I think it frustrates him, “said Lott.
After six minutes, the would-be soldier let the driver and children off the bus and drove the bus briefly along the interstate road.
After that, Collazo stopped and just left the bus.
Lott said this was the first time a school bus was hijacked by a suspect who is a potential member of the armed forces.
Fortunately, the bus driver had recently been trained to deal with such situations.
“Bus drivers are unsung heroes, and we saw them today. We saw a bus driver who cared about the children on the bus, ”added Lott.
He said the children felt traumatized because there were “bad guys” on the bus carrying weapons.
CCTV footage from inside the bus about piracy has been released. The footage shows a man holding a firearm and wearing a T-shirt with the words “ARMY” on the front.
A Fort Jackson trainee is being charged with 19 counts of kidnapping, along with carjacking & gun charges after allegedly hijacking a school bus with students this morning. We have the latest details here @ wspa7 https://t.co/2gOB6jfc4n pic.twitter.com/C1pfHamsYK
— Jason Raven (@JasonRaven_) May 7, 2021
Collazo was heard shouting instructions to the bus driver, “Shut the door, walk, walk!”
He was charged with 19 counts of kidnapping, armed robbery and several other crimes.
Apparently, Collazo fled from Fort Jackson after only following three weeks of military education.