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More charges filed against accused Greyhound bus hijacker

Posted February 7, 2011 2:18 p.m. EST
Updated February 7, 2011 3:04 p.m. EST

— A Virginia man charged in the hijacking of a Greyhound bus along Interstate 85 late Thursday is being held under a $30 million bond, authorities said Monday.

Authorities added 29 counts of kidnapping against Jose Flores, 32, of Arlington, Va. He was initially charged Friday with one count of kidnapping.

Flores is being held in the Warren County Detention Center pending a Feb. 16 arraignment.

Passengers on the Greyhound bus from Richmond, Va., to Raleigh said Flores was on the bus since it left Virginia. Shortly after the bus crossed into North Carolina on I-85, they said, he pulled out a gun and implied that he had a bomb.

The bus driver pulled off the highway, and most of the passengers scrambled out of the emergency exit at the back of the bus, authorities said.

A passing driver noticed the situation, called 911 and followed the bus until authorities could catch up to it. When the bus stopped at a gas station in Henderson, Vance County deputies and other law enforcement officers surrounded it.

The driver and the two passengers still on the bus got away safely, and authorities used a stun gun on Flores before taking him into custody.

No one else was injured, and a search turned up no explosives on the bus, authorities said.