Sunday, July 19, 2015

Man with knife removed from Monsey bus on way to Brooklyn

 A man who had taken out a knife on a bus travelling south on the Garden State Parkway was taken into custody by State Police Friday afternoon, according to authorities.

The man was taken off the bus, which was parked on a shoulder in Saddle Brook, at about 4:10 p.m., State Trooper Alina Spies said. She said she had no further information about the incident. Police did not identify the man or say whether he had been charged with any criminal offense.

The bus is owned by Monsey Tours in Rockland County, N.Y. and was on its way to Brooklyn as part of a regularly scheduled service, said Israel Lunger, whose family owns the bus company. He said the driver called him to say a man had a knife and that he told the driver to pull over and call authorities.

Lunger said he did not believe that the man threatened anyone with the knife. A passenger on the bus said he knew the man and offered to watch over him for the remainder of the ride, Lunger said. He said that the bus driver pulled over anyway and called police.

The bus, which had left Rockland County at 3:30 p.m., continued to Brooklyn after police removed the man, Lunger said.

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