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Police charge trio in Durham bus prank

Posted July 25, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014

Durham police released these images from surveillance video of three teens believed to have set a chemical explosion off on a Bull City Connector bus.

— Police charged three teens on Friday in connection with a chemical explosion on a Bull City Connector bus Tuesday night.

Demetrius Walton, 18, of Eva Street, Jaquan Marquise Cobb, 17, of East Main Street, and Christopher Lewis, 18, of Commerce Street, were charged with attempted malicious use of an explosive device to damage property.

All three teens were in the Durham County jail under $5,000 bonds.

Security video captured three teenagers laughing as they placed something on the floor of a bus, said Sean Smith, general manager of the Durham Area Transit Authority. The device “popped” seconds after the teenagers exited the bus, Smith said.

The device was a chemical “bomb” that spilled foam but caused little damage to the bus, Smith said.

No one was seriously hurt. The bus driver and a passenger were taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.


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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 25, 2014

    Ya know, I did a lot of stupid things when I was a teen. Many of them endangered myself, but I don't recall ever doing anything that endangered anyone else.

    And the truth is, Drano contains a great deal of lye, lye which is caustic, burns the skin and can lead to blindness if it gets in the eyes and death if inhaled.

    I don't know what these lame brains should be charged with, but I do think it should be serious, should involve jail time, should have fines large enough to recompense taxpayers for the manpower/equipment time used by the cops, the EMT workers and the court/jail system, AND should include a hefty amount of Community Service, cleaning up the messes or pranks caused by others.

    Blessed no one was seriously hurt in this, but that should not result in a Get Out Of Jail Free card for anyone.

  • Jerry Sawyer Jul 25, 2014
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    These kids need to be punished for their actions. But we simply have a national problem with civility. I believe, instead of using so much tax money to support a national welfare state. We should use a large amount of that money to provide a substantial mental health program around the country. We need to develop civility.

  • Brian Jenkins Jul 25, 2014

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    You might want to go look up the legal definition of terrorism. What was their political motivation? Oops.

  • jmaynardgus2 Jul 25, 2014

    Attempted malicious use of an explosive device to damage property. Charge them for what it was - terrorism. Get the attention of those who think there are no or few consequences for their actions. Let them go with a slap on the wrist and what will they do next for fun? Pipe bomb? Lock them up, throw away the keys and put them on hard labor WITH NO PAY for the rest of their lives. When are youth and people as a whole going to learn about respect?

  • mcondor Jul 25, 2014

    And the charges are:???? lacking from this article

  • disgusted2010 Jul 25, 2014

    Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. And once again WRAL calls a crime a prank.

  • Geez Louise Jul 25, 2014

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    --They're probably in shame, but it doesn't excuse the young man from taking responsibility for the crime he committed.

  • superflames Jul 25, 2014

    sounds reasonable. The charges, I mean.

  • 678devilish Jul 25, 2014

    Glad these three was charges. Where was the parents of the 17 years old?