Arlington Man Charged in Bus Hijacking

Suspect facing one kidnapping charge

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Friday, Feb 4, 2011  |  Updated 9:00 PM EDT
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Arlington Man Charged in Bus Hijacking

Warren County Sheriff's Office

Jose Flores, 32, of Arlington, Va. was arrested in North Carolina after he allegedly hijacked a Greyhound Bus.

Authorities in North Carolina arrested a man from Arlington, Va., after he allegedly hijacked a Greyhound bus.

It happened late Thursday night in Warren County, N.C. on a bus traveling from Richmond to Raleigh. Authorities said a passenger on the bus -- identified as 32-year-old Jose Flores -- suddenly stood up and held the driver at gunpoint.

Investigators said the driver pulled off Interstate 85, about 60 miles north of Raleigh, and let off 33 of the 35 passengers on board. The other two were taken to a nearby gas station.

Flores was arrested at the gas station after being zapped by a stun gun. Authorities say he’s been uncooperative thus far.

Investigators said it’s unclear what Flores was doing in North Carolina or why he wanted to commandeer the bus. He's being held without bond, facing one count of kidnapping. The Warren County Sherriff said Flores would face other charges once they conclude their investigation.

Flores has previous convictions in northern Virginia. In 2007, he served 20 days behind bars after a drunken driving conviction in Alexandria. He was also convicted for being drunk in public in Arlington. Flores paid $131 in fines for that conviction.

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