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Man Accused of Threatening Bus Driver

October 8, 2001

CINCINNATI (AP) _ A man threatened to shoot a city bus driver and blow up the passengers Monday but was arrested after allowing the driver to radio for help, police said.

No one was injured in the incident, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

Police said Gregory Haugabrook, 50, of Cincinnati, did not have any weapons.

Despite the threats, Haugabrook allowed bus driver Catherine Roberts, 55, to make the regular stops along the commuter route near downtown and drop off passengers, police spokesman Lt. Kurt Byrd said. He did not allow the driver to leave the bus, Byrd said.

Haugabrook was charged with kidnapping, disrupting public services, inducing panic, and possessing marijuana. He was jailed in the Hamilton County Justice Center pending an arraignment set for Tuesday.

The driver, a 25-year employee, kept calm and did what the passenger told her, said Sallie Hilvers, spokeswoman for the Metro bus agency.

Last week in Tennessee, a Greyhound bus driver was stabbed by a passenger who tried to take control of the bus, causing a crash that killed six people. Authorities determined the attacker was a ``single deranged individual.″

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