Man charged in bus hijacking and carjackings - KCTV5

Man charged in bus hijacking and carjackings

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An armed man who threatened an ATA bus driver and passengers after he attempted to seize cars from other nearby drivers has been charged with a long list of felonies and misdemeanors, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced.

Court records say that 28-year-old James M. Jackson faces charges of assault with intent to commit bus hijacking with a weapon, first-degree assault, first-degree armed robbery, two counts of second-degree attempted robbery, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, three counts of armed criminal action, as well as the misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and third-degree assault of emergency personnel.

According to court records, on June 30 police were dispatched to the area of 63rd Street and Prospect Avenue on a reported disturbance with a weapon and took Jackson into custody. During that arrest, Jackson assaulted an EMS worker and a police officer. Also during the arrest, police found PCP and nearby they found a .22 caliber revolver.

Two victims told police they picked Jackson up near 49th and Euclid, court records stated. At a gas station at 63rd and Prospect, Jackson pointed a gun at the two people in the car and they got out of the vehicle. As it began to roll, one victim tried to stop the vehicle. Jackson told her she was dead and pulled the trigger of his gun. She told police she heard the gun click, but it didn't fire.

Court documents say Jackson then went to another vehicle and yelled at the driver, "I'm taking your truck." But the driver fled. Another driver said she was in her vehicle when Jackson approached. She locked her doors and Jackson broke her driver's window. She drove away quickly. Another victim leaving a nearby bank said Jackson approached his vehicle, stuck a handgun through his window and said get out of the truck.

Jackson also approached an ATA bus stopped at 63rd and Prospect, according to court records. He showed his handgun to get onto the bus, but the driver closed the door. Jackson kicked the door, punched the window of the door, breaking the glass and was seen pointing the gun at the driver who ran for cover to the back of the bus. A victim who was a passenger on the bus heard him threaten, "I'll kill everyone last one of you."

Jackson is charged as a prior and persistent offender, which increases the range of punishment.

Prosecutors will increase his bond to $250,000.

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