DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A passenger in a wheelchair who made a bomb threat on a Votran bus Wednesday morning, forcing the closure of part of North Atlantic Avenue, is now in custody, according to Ormond Beach Police Department.
- There have been no reported injuries
- Seabreeze High School was placed on lockdown
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"There's a man on a Votran bus in the area who made a bomb threat," Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant stated to Spectrum News 13.
The Police Department gave more information, stating that at around 8:52 a.m., 57-year-old Willie Duncan Taylor, who was in a wheelchair and had two bags on him, announced he had a bomb.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Taylor, who authorities were able to get off the bus around 10:30 a.m. and place into custody, told everyone to get off the bus.
Five passengers and the driver got out of the bus and no injuries were reported.
The Volusia County Bomb Squad was on the bus and sent a robot toward the vehicle. The Police Department later confirmed that the robot pulled two backpacks off the bus, which belonged to Taylor, though they did not contain any explosive devices.
"... we’ll go through the steps there to find out if there was any motive behind this or if it was just something he decided to do last minute," said Keith Walker, Ormond Beach Police Department information officer.
Because of the Sheriff's activity, North Atlantic Avenue was closed.
Seabreeze High School was placed on lockdown, Volusia Schools spokeswoman Kelly Joyce Schulz confirmed.
Taylor is charged with false report of a bomb threat, aggravated assault, and disorderly conduct.