Bus Driver Allegedly Threatened at Gunpoint by Teenager

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– A Pace Bus driver told police he was threatened with a gun when some teenage passengers came up short on fare.

On July 17, an officer was stopped at a red light on Lakewood Boulevard at Forest Boulevard and flagged down by a Pace Bus driver, who related that he picked up five teenagers in Chicago Heights. One of the subjects swiped a bus pass that did not register. When the bus arrived at the Park Forest bus stop on Main Street, the driver told the subject that his bus pass did not register and he needed to pay.

The subject allegedly argued with him. According to police, the group of teenagers became hostile with the driver and were told to leave the bus, which they did. One of them allegedly yelled at the driver, “You don’t want us on your bus. I should pop a cap in your ass.”

While the subject was yelling at the driver, the teen who yelled at the driver reached into his backpack and allegedly pulled a black semi-automatic handgun out of the backpack and pointed it at the driver. The subject allegedly yelled, “I am going to shoot you,” according to police.

The driver began to drive away and the subject began to walk next to the bus, allegedly continuing to point the gun at the driver, yelling at him. The driver last observed the subjects running northwest towards the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and Orchard Drive.

Police are investigating video from the bus.