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California man charged with attempted school bus hijacking

A California man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to kidnap a school bus. The 47-year-old man got onto a bus full of schoolchildren when it was stopped to allow a few of the elementary school students on board to use the bathroom. He has since been charged with attempted carjacking and kidnapping. The incident occurred in the evening when the bus was coming back from a field trip.

A teacher who was on the bus got off with two students who needed to use the bathroom. It was during this time, that the man came onto the bus. He demanded to go to a local mission after shouting, "Jesus is coming!". He allegedly grabbed the bus driver and tried to forcibly remove her from the driver's seat. She quickly took the keys out of the ignition before hiding them. Police said the man may have mental health issues, which is sometimes a criminal defense in cases of this nature.

After tangling with the female bus driver and failing to obtain the keys to the vehicle, the man reportedly went up and down the aisle. The teacher who had taken the two students off the bus earlier then returned with a gas station attendant. The attendant reportedly asked the man to leave the bus, and he did. He was later booked, charged and held on bail. No one was injured during the incident.

When faced with any type of criminal charge, contacting a criminal defense attorney is a commonly-recommended first step. In addition to ensuring that an accused individual's rights are upheld, a lawyer can also review the circumstances of the alleged incident and provide representation during the initial bail hearing if charges are filed. During the investigation and hearing processes, an attorney may question evidence, interview witnesses and make an attempt to get charges dismissed or reduced.

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