Stolen MTA bus crashes in Staten Island

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Saturday, November 12, 2016

WEST BRIGHTON, Staten Island (WABC) -- An MTA bus crashed after it was stolen by an armed man in Staten Island.

It happened around 6:20 p.m. in the West Brighton section on Friday.

The bus operator on an X10 was conducting an inspection of his bus at Castleton and Jewett Avenue.

An armed man, police say 33-year-old Mario Cassanova, boarded the bus and apparently threatened the driver.

The suspect drove the bus a few blocks, with the bus driver and then ordered him to get off.

The bus eventually crashed at Castleton Avenue and Broadway when it hit several vehicles and a light post.

The bus was not in service at the time and the bus operator was not injured.

Cassanova of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.