Riders: Belligerent man tries to take city bus, tased
BATON ROUGE - A man was detained after a tirade on a city bus Tuesday afternoon.
Police said a 46-year-old man with a knife was causing a disturbance and was arrested. The suspect was identified as Carl Gray.
Police were called to meet a CATS bus at the Cortana stop after a man tried to commandeer the vehicle.
Accoriding to BRPD, Gray was walking at a fast pace towards a marked police unit shouting and holding his arms in the air.
Officers gave the suspect loud verbal commands to stop, but the suspect disregarded the commands and was arrested, according to BRPD.
A witness told a WBRZ photographer on the scene, the driver stopped and told passengers to exit. When police arrived, the man was tased, the witness said.
“I ain't scared of anything, but I was pretty much scared of that because I was confined,” a bus rider told WBRZ. “I think he was full of drugs. He had to be on drugs. For a person to be [tased] five times and not fall down, you got to be on something.”
Gray was issued a misdemeanor summons for violation of disturbing the peace, resisting an officer, and criminal mischief. He was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital for mental evaluation.
Coincidentally, the situation happened a few hours before a CATS board meeting where bus driver union representatives were set to rally outside the meeting room over issues with the bus system. Last week, a bus drove into a house.
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