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Richland County officials released a video of the incident, which you can watch here or later in this post. His jail records show that he is facing 19 counts of kidnapping, in addition to one count each of armed robbery with a deadly weapon, carjacking without great bodily harm, pointing and presenting firearms at a person, carrying weapons on school property and possession of weapon during a violent crime.

The Army Times reported Collazo was wearing his PT 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. He was arrested later Thursday. No one was injured in the incident.

Jovan Collazo Age

Jovan Collazo is 23 years old.

Video Shows the Suspect Getting on the Bus

Officials released video which showed the suspect, later identified as Collazo, 23, 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.

“Drive!” and “Close the door!” he says repeatedly to the bus driver, pointing a gun at him.

The video shows the bus driver leaning away from the rifle and complying, shutting the doors and driving the bus. A later video clip shows the suspect driving the bus himself, edging out of the doors and getting off the bus after the kids and driver escaped the bus.

“A Fort Jackson trainee dressed in PT clothes and armed with a Fort Jackson rifle hijacked a school bus with children onboard this morning. No children were harmed. Suspect has been detained. Fort Jackson leadership says they are aware and are working w/ law enforcement,” Chase Laudenslager of WCBD News wrote on Twitter.

She later wrote an update after officials released the video and the suspect’s name.

“Video released by the sheriff’s office shows the suspect, Jovan Collazo, getting on the bus, pointing a rifle at the driver, and telling the driver to close the doors and drive,” Laudenslager wrote.

Arrested – Charges

Collazo was arrested and faces a slew of charges in Richland County, according to his jail records at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, the county lockup.

The most recent update in his case shows that he was in transit from Fort Jackson. His photo was not released on the jail website due to policy changes, officials said. His charges stem from the county, not the military. Lott said during a news conference that Collazo could face additional charges.

About six minutes after Collazo boarded the bus, Lott said he became frustrated with students coming to the front of the bus and asking them questions. 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, 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. Law enforcement converged on the scene and arrested Collazo.

Lott said the children were protected from harm in the scary incident.

“I think God looked down on these kids this morning and wrapped his arms around them and took care of them,” Lott said.

Collazo Was in His Third Week of Training

Collazo is accused of pointing a rifle at the bus driver, but the gun was not loaded, Fort Jackson’s commander, Brigadier General Milford “Beags” Beagle said during a news conference.

“He’s been in training only for three weeks at this point… that’s he’s very quiet… from New Jersey… just trying to make an attempt to go back home,” Beagle said. Beagle said he believes Collazo was just trying to get home and didn’t intend harm, but that the situation could have been dangerous.

Richland School District Two Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis told WLTX the call notifying him of the situation unfolding was one of the scariest of his life. It was one of the scariest phone calls,” he said. “So many emotions that I had.”

The school district is offering to counsel to the children, and several other area school districts were put on lockdown briefly during the incident, the news outlet reported.

Sheriff Lott Credited the Bus Driver With Keeping the Kids on the Bus Safe

Lott said during a press conference that Collazo ran from the fort with his rifle and began trying to flag down vehicles near Interstate 77. They received a call of a man trying to flag down a vehicle. He then went to a bus stop at Eagle Park Road and Percival Road. There, 18 students were boarding a bus headed for Forest Lake Elementary in Richland School District Two.

Collazo allegedly boarded the bus with a rifle, saying he didn’t want to hurt anyone and demanding he be taken to the next town. Lott said the situation was terrifying for the young children involved and credited the school bus driver for protecting the kids.

“You can just imagine they were scared to death,” Lott said. “I’ll give the bus driver credit, he kept his cool. His main concern was the safety of the kids and he did his job.”

Lott said Collazo aimed the rifle at both the bus driver and the students.