RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Local authorities said a man is behind bars after attempting to hijack a GRTC bus Monday moments after holding a Richmond elementary school teacher against their will.
Police say the sequence of events began at Ginter Park Elementary School when 36-year-old Raymond Frink of Newport News walked inside and threatened a school employee around 7:40 a.m. He later walked a mile down the road and tried to hijack a GRTC bus.
Richmond and Henrico police were called to Brook Road and Azalea Ave., just before 8:10 a.m., for a man “causing a disturbance” on a GRTC bus. Police were told the man was “behaving erratically.”
Investigators later learned the man had got on the bus and told passengers he had a firearm.
Investigators told 8News the suspect Frink was directing the GRTC bus driver and disrupting the route.
According to authorities, Frink ran off the bus into Henrico County and was eventually apprehended.
He eventually left, and that’s when authorities say Frinks boarded the GRTC bus and tried to hijack it.
Carrie Rose, a spokesperson with GRTC, said the bus was at its last stop and the bus driver handled the situation with professionalism.
“Our operator pressed one of the emergency call buttons which provides instant access to our radio dispatchers who can then get emergency personnel involved to help,” Rose said. “It’s (the) fastest, quickest way to get help.”
Rose told 8News surveillance footage from the incident could help police with their investigation.
“We have security cameras on all of our buses that lets us capture audio and video both inside and out of the business so we have the entire incident on video for police to review,” Rose said.
Frink remains in Richmond Police custody. He is being charged with attempted carjacking of a GRTC and attempted abduction of the driver.
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