Who is Jovan Collazo?
Jovan Collazo is a U.S. Army trainee at Fort Jackson who is reportedly charged by officials afte he hijacked a Richland County, South Carolina, school bus filled with elementary school students in Columbia. The Army Times reported Collazo was wearing his PT, or physical training, uniform when he left Fort Jackson early in the morning Thursday, May 6, 2021, and boarded a school bus with a rifle. Military officials told the news outlet that the rifle was not loaded.
Collazo was arrested within about one hour. The bus driver and students were not physically harmed.
How old is Jovan Collazo?
Jovan Collazo is 23 years old as of the year 2021.
Army Trainee Hijacks Bus
Officials released video which showed the suspect, later identified as Collazo, getting on the school bus, pointing a rifle at the driver and telling him to close the school bus doors and drive, Richland County officials said during a press conference. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott played the video during a news conference, which shows the suspect wearing an Army T-shirt and holding a rifle.
About six minutes after Collazo boarded the bus, Lott said he became frustrated with students coming to the front of the bus and asking him questions like, “Are you a soldier? Are you going to hurt us? Are you going to hurt the bus driver?” Collazo told everyone to get off the bus near Percival Road.
“It was six minutes of a bad guy on a bus who was very desperate,” Lott said during a press conference.
He drove several more miles after telling everyone else to get off the bus, but he was having trouble operating the vehicle properly, Lott said. He stopped on Old Percival Road and got off, abandoning the bus and looking for clothes around the neighborhood, according to Lott.
Law enforcement converged on the scene and arrested Collazo.