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Guy Hijacks Bus With BB Gun, Plows Into Hotel

He also caused it to crash into several other vehicles in Los Angeles

(Newser) - A man who indicated he had a gun hijacked a transit bus in downtown Los Angeles and then grabbed the wheel, causing the bus to collide with several vehicles and crash into a hotel, police said Thursday. Only the driver was on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority bus...

Prison Escapees Face Murder Charges for Missing US Couple

Grenada charges 3 men who allegedly hijacked husband and wife's yacht, threw them overboard

(Newser) - Authorities have pressed murder charges against a trio of escaped prisoners, accused of hijacking an American couple's yacht last month and throwing them overboard . Per a statement from the Royal Grenada Police Force cited by CNN , 30-year-old Ron Mitchell, 25-year-old Atiba Stanisclaus, and 23-year-old Trevon Robertson (who'd originally...

American Couple Missing After Yacht Is Hijacked

Kathy Brandel and Ralph Hendry were on a sailing trip in the Caribbean

(Newser) - An American couple sailing off the coast of Grenada is feared dead after three escaped prisoners allegedly hijacked their catamaran yacht. The Virginia couple has been identified by their sailing club and family members as Kathy Brandel and Ralph Hendry, CNN reports. The couple spent a lot of time sailing...

US Navy Puts Kibosh on Latest Tanker Hijacking

5 armed men jumped ship, but didn't get very far; 2 missiles fired in retaliation don't come very close

(Newser) - The US Navy responded to Sunday's seizure of an Israeli-linked tanker off the coast of Yemen, and took on some less-than-successful missile fire for its trouble. As the New York Times reports, the destroyer USS Mason and other ships involved in anti-piracy efforts in the region approached the hijacked...

Parole Board Confirms Release of School Bus Hijacker

Newsom asks commissioners to reconsider freedom for man who buried children and driver

(Newser) - The last of three men convicted of hijacking a school bus full of California children for an attempted $5 million ransom in 1976, in what a prosecutor called "the largest mass kidnapping in US history," is being released by the state's parole board. Gov. Gavin Newsom asked...

Thieves Seize UPS Truck and Driver, Stealing Cargo

Company later uses GPS, finding employee unharmed

(Newser) - Thieves seized a loaded UPS tractor-trailer on an Atlanta street on Tuesday, tying up the driver and taking him with them. The driver was unharmed in the crime, NBC reports. The 18-wheeler was stopped at a traffic light about 3:30am when a gunman got into the cab and ordered...

Gulf of Oman Hijacking Is Over: British Navy

Details of incident are not clear

(Newser) - Hijackers seized a vessel off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman, then left the targeted ship on Wednesday, the British navy reported, without elaborating. The British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations reported that the incident, which it had described as a “...

Anyone Who Flies Should Worry About What Belarus Did

State hijacking could become more common, unless the West cracks down

(Newser) - Another norm has been shattered that could—depending on how Western nations react—put political dissidents and travelers at greater risk. When Belarus forced an airliner down so it could seize a dissident on board, a basic standard was lost, Anne Applebaum writes in the Atlantic . Until now, pilots could...

Sheriff: Kids' Questions Fluster School Bus Hijacker

Army trainee at Fort Jackson in SC boarded bus, eventually let children off; nobody was injured

(Newser) - An Army trainee is being held in South Carolina after hijacking a school bus with 18 children and the driver on it, authorities said. No one was injured, CNN reports. Pvt. Jovan Collazo, 23—who was in his third week of basic training—wanted to go home, a Fort Jackson...

Family of UPS Driver Killed in Fla. Shootout Wants Answers

Frank Ordonez and an innocent bystander died, along with 2 robbery suspects

(Newser) - As the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement continue to investigate the hijacking Thursday of a UPS truck in Florida that led to four deaths in a police shootout, the family of the deceased UPS driver is speaking out. Roy Ordonez tells CNN that his brother, 27-year-old Frank Ordonez,...

He Was Instructing an Intern, Triggered Hijack Alert

Pilot causes mass chaos by inadvertently sending the alarm code

(Newser) - On the bright side, an Air Europa intern will surely always know the alarm code for a hijacking should one occur. But the reason for that caused quite a bit of chaos at a major Amsterdam airport on Wednesday, reports Bloomberg . It seems that a pilot was showing the intern...

Driver Abducts Full School Bus, Sets It Ablaze

Alleged perpetrator said he was protesting migrant deaths in Italy

(Newser) - A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their chaperones Wednesday, ordering the children's hands to be bound and threatening them with death during the drive, before setting the vehicle on fire when he was stopped by a Carabinieri blockade, the AP reports. Officers broke the glass...

Hijacker Wannabe Had a Toy Gun: Cops
Wannabe Hijacker's
Gun Wasn't Real

Wannabe Hijacker's Gun Wasn't Real

Mohammad Palash Ahmed was sporting a toy pistol when he was shot dead

(Newser) - A man who tried to hijack a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight on Sunday and demanded to speak to the prime minister of Bangladesh was shot dead by commandos after an emergency landing in Chittagong, and it's now being reported that the "weapon" he was seen with was just...

Street Littered With Bodies After Bus Hijacking

It's a terrifying scene.

(Newser) - A hijacker with a knife drove a bus into pedestrians Tuesday in a southeastern Chinese city before being captured, police said. At least five people were reportedly killed. Another 21 people were injured in the afternoon attack in Longyan in Fujian province, south of Shanghai, according to a police statement....

Hijacked Plane With 118 People Sits on Runway
All Passengers Freed
From Hijacked Plane

All Passengers Freed From Hijacked Plane

Ordeal on tarmac in Malta is over

(Newser) - A hijacking drama unfolded on an airport tarmac in Malta Friday, but it ended without violence. It began when two hijackers commandeered an aircraft carrying 118 people in the skies over Libya and diverted it to the Mediterranean island, reports Reuters . Claiming to have a hand grenade, the hijackers threatened...

FBI Ends One of Longest Investigations, With Mystery Unsolved

Congratulations, DB Cooper

(Newser) - Well, Mr. Cooper, or whatever your name is, you've officially stumped the FBI. The agency announced Monday that it was no longer investigating the famous 1971 hijacking in which a passenger known as DB Cooper jumped out of a plane over Washington state with a parachute and $200,000...

Pedestrian Killed in DC Bus Hijacking

Police say man commandeered vehicle and drove off

(Newser) - A man attacked a bus driver, stole the bus, then struck and killed a pedestrian after the bus jumped a curb at a gas station Tuesday in Washington, DC, police said. The man boarded the bus and eventually got up from his seat and attacked the driver with what appeared...

Egypt Tour Group Tantalizes Travelers With Hijacking Promo

'Maybe a hijacker will take you to Cyprus!' reads Lions Trips' too-soon promo

(Newser) - The hijacking to Cyprus of an EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria, Egypt, to Cairo on Tuesday ended relatively peacefully, with everyone on board freed and the suspected hijacker taken into custody. So in the "no harm, no foul" vein, an Egyptian tour company decided to appropriate the incident for...

Cops: Man Hijacks Bus for Tim Hortons Coffee Run

Toronto man allegedly held knife to driver, made him run red lights

(Newser) - In what may be the most Canadian of crimes this week, a 31-year-old man allegedly hijacked a Toronto Transit Commission bus and forced the driver at knifepoint to take him to … a Tim Hortons coffee shop, the CBC reports. A local police constable says the man got onto the...

Was DB Cooper a Grocery Manager From Michigan?

Writer offers new theory for the identity of the mystery hijacker

(Newser) - On Nov. 24, 1971, an airplane hijacker who would become known as DB Cooper donned a parachute, strapped $200,000 in cash to his body, and leaped out of a Boeing 727 jetliner somewhere between Seattle, Wash., and Reno, Nev. His true identity and whether he survived the jump remain...

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