Police: Calif. man tried to take bus at knifepoint

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Posted: Apr 10, 2011 6:15 PM
Police: Calif. man tried to take bus at knifepoint

Police in the Northern California city of Redding say a man threatened an Amtrak bus driver with a knife and tried to take over the vehicle.

It's not clear whether any passengers were on board at the time.

Police say 43-year-old Robert Fender, of San Francisco, threatened the 58-year-old driver at the Redding bus terminal around 7 p.m. Saturday.

Redding police spokesman Bart Langley says the driver was able to escape and activate a kill switch that disabled the engine.

Police say Fender ran and was arrested nearby.

He was being held Sunday on $100,000 bail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, terrorist threats, carjacking and displaying a weapon in a threatening manner.

It's unknown if Fender has an attorney, and a phone listing for him is disconnected.