Accused C-Tran bus hijacker to undergo mental health eval

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — The 31-year-old man who’s accused of hijacking a C-Tran bus on I-205 in Vancouver and holding the bus driver hostage made his first court appearance on Monday.

Anthony Lybeck appeared in Clark County Court, however, his arraignment was pushed back for a mental health and competency evaluation. He faces charges of 1st-degree kidnapping and harassment. He’s also facing an unrelated charge for theft of a motor vehicle.

His bail was set at $210,000.

The charges stem from an incident on Friday when Washington State Patrol said Lybeck implied that he had a gun and demanded the bus driver take him to Portland.

Police follow a hijacked C-Tran bus along I-205 on the Glen Jackson Bridge, April 19, 2019 (Courtesy: Steve Cranston/Facebook)

According to investigators, all other passengers had gotten off the bus beforehand.

The driver said she never saw a weapon, but quietly hit the emergency alarm to notify dispatch. She did what Lybeck said as authorities quickly responded. 

Police put down spike strips on the north end of the Glenn Jackson Bridge to stop the bus, but they didn’t work. Soon after, the bus got stuck in traffic on the bridge and officers were able to surround it and get the driver off safely. Lybeck was arrested at the scene.

While the bus driver is a bit shaken up after the incident, she’s doing well.

“We’re just really proud of how she handled the situation,” CEO of C-Tran Shawn Donaghy told KOIN 6 News. “We’re really glad she’s safe and we can’t wait for her to get back to work.”

Lybeck has a lengthy criminal history of using controlled substances and has at least five prior warrants. He’s due in court again on Wednesday morning.

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