December 24, 2018 1:12 pm
Updated: December 24, 2018 4:16 pm

Woman charged with kidnapping, assault after TTC bus driver threatened with weapon: police

WATCH: Toronto police said Monday that a woman is facing kidnapping and assault charges after she allegedly threatened a TTC bus driver with a knife on Sunday night.


Toronto police have charged a woman after she allegedly threatened a TTC bus driver with a weapon.

Police said officers responded to a call from the TTC about “unknown trouble” at around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night.

Police said a woman entered the bus and instructed the driver to deviate from his route, implying she had a weapon. He complied but was able to set off his emergency alarm to inform emergency services he was in danger.

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Police said the woman told the driver not to stop, and he eventually rammed the back of a police cruiser.

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Police located the bus just east of Eglinton Subway Station.

They said a 35-year-old woman was arrested and charged with kidnapping and assault.

The driver was unharmed but police said he was emotionally upset.

“The hijacking incident last night involving a TTC bus was absolutely terrible,” said Hayley Waldman, spokesperson for the TTC. “We are very grateful that though the bus operator was shaken up, he is safe, and there were no physical injuries.”

An officer in the cruiser that was hit sustained minor whiplash.

Police said there were no other passengers on the bus.

The woman is scheduled to appear at a Toronto court on Monday.

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