Man holds knife to STA bus driver's throat - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man holds knife to STA bus driver's throat

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man has been arrested after police say he boarded an STA bus and held a knife to the driver's throat and demanded he be taken somewhere to go fishing.

The man, 29-year-old Daniel Zupan, boarded the bus that was not yet in service around 6 a.m. Friday near 14th and Grand. Except for the driver, the bus was empty. He then held a knife to the driver's throat and demanded the driver take him someplace to go fishing. At one point, Zupan dropped the knife and grabbed an ice scraper striking the driver in the face, cutting the driver's lip. 

He then picked up the knife again and would not allow the bus driver off of the bus.  Police arrived on scene and were able to arrest Zupan.

STA officials say incidents like these are extremely rare, with only a couple similar incidents occurring the past decade. STA officials added they do prepare for emergencies like these and the drivers have a covert method of notifying police. In this case, the driver, who is a veteran, followed procedure perfectly and is reported to be doing fine.

He has been charged with Unlawful Imprisonment, 2nd Degree Assault and Felony Harassment.

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