EL PASO COUNTY – The man responsible for causing a Greyhound bus to crash and threatened the driver and passengers onboard with a knife has been identified by the Fountain Police.
The man is identified as 47-year old Mexican National, Edmundo Arellanes-Audelo. He has been charged with Felony Criminal Mischief, Hindering Public Transportation, Felony Menacing with a Weapon, Assault, and Wreckless Endangerment.
Greyhound released this statement Tuesday afternoon on the incident.
Thank you for inquiring about the recent incident involving a Greyhound bus headed from Raton, NM to Denver, CO at approximately 8:05 pm on Monday, August 20. There were 30 passengers onboard during the time of the incident with one injury reported. We cooperated with local authorities and provided a relief bus for remaining passengers. The suspect was arrested. We do not condone unruly customers or prohibited items on our buses for any reason as safety and security are core values of our business.
Fountain Police and Fountain firefighters responded to the crash near the South Academy exit on NB I-25 around 7 p.m. Monday. Responding officers said they learned a man armed with a knife threatened other passengers on board the bus, which was headed to Denver.
Police said they also learned the man deliberately caused the bus to crash into a guardrail.
Incredible situation tonight. Greyhound bus commandeered by man with knife, purposely steered off I-25, ending high-centred on a guardrail. If not for the guardrail, it would've plunged down an embankment and onto S. Academy Blvd. below. I-25 backed up for miles. Bus towed soon. pic.twitter.com/PgGpQ2bJr3
— Zach Thaxton (@ZachThaxton) August 21, 2018
Police said passengers suffered “several minor injuries” and police said the man was arrested without incident.