PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man took a C-Tran bus driver hostage on I-205 Friday afternoon.
According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn, the suspect implied he had a gun to the driver’s head and demanded a ride to Portland. The man, later identified as 31-year-old Anthony Lybeck, did not actually have a gun.
The Route 72 bus was near westbound SR-500 and Fourth Plain Boulevard when the hostage situation started. The driver did what Lybeck said and took the southbound I-205 ramp.
The driver used an emergency alarm that opens a microphone for dispatch for 45 seconds to get help.
“I am so proud of her. I’m in awe that she was able to react that quickly and able to stay safe,” Christine Selk, C-Tran’s Communication and Public Affairs Manager, said. “Our operators are trained for these kind of situations, but obviously when it happens in real time it’s upsetting and it’s jarring, and the fact she was able to follow protocol is amazing.”
Police put down spike strips on the north end of the Glenn Jackson Bridge to stop the bus but they didn’t work. The bus got into traffic on the bridge and officers were able to stop it.
No passengers were on the bus when the driver was taken hostage.
Lybeck was arrested and faces a charge of first-degree kidnapping.
Southbound lanes of I-205 were closed.