Grand Theft Auto NYC! Serial criminal on parole steals empty school bus and smashes it into ‘countless’ cars – one with a terrified victim inside – while being chased by cops in Brooklyn
- Anthony Reyes, 43, was arrested and charged in the incident on Thursday
- Police say he stole a school bus in East Flatbush and went on a rampage
- Shocking video shows the bus ramming some 20 cars in East New York
- Reyes was taken into custody in Brownsville and faces multiple charges
Four people are injured after a man when on a shocking rampage in a stolen school bus, ramming cars as he fled police in Brooklyn.
Anthony Reyes, 43, was arrested and charged with multiple crimes in the incident, which unfolded on Thursday afternoon after the bus was stolen in the East Flatbush section around 3pm.
Horrific video showed Reyes smashing into cars – one with a driver inside – as cops tried to stop him, with the shocking scene bearing startling similarities to the notoriously violent Grand Theft Auto video game series.
Police say Reyes has at least 12 prior arrests, including robbery, and he is currently on parole for a 2017 felony conviction in the Bronx.
One officer suffered a minor hand injury in the ramming spree and three other people reported minor injuries, WABC-TV reported.
Four people are injured after a man when on a shocking rampage in a stolen school bus, ramming cars as he fled police in Brooklyn
Anthony Reyes, 43, was arrested and charged with multiple crimes in the incident, which unfolded on Thursday afternoon after the bus was stolen in East Flatbush
Police say that Reyes led a wild chase through Brooklyn, starting with the theft of the empty school bus at East 51st Street between Linden Blvd and Lenox Road.
Cops tracked the bus by GPS to the Jackie Robinson Parkway, and initiated a pursuit.
In a madcap chase resembling a demolition derby, cops managed to Tase Reyes, but he was only hit with one prong and continued to flee, police say.
Shocking footage shot in East New York shows the stolen bus ramming into multiple cars, including at least one with a person inside.
Witnesses said that the bus rammed every car parked along the block as well as those blocking his path.
The rampage left a trail of wreckage in East New York as the deranged driver rammed cars
Dazed bystanders survey the damage in East New York after the demented rampage
In one case, the bus rammed a car with a man inside multiple times, pushing it out of the way.
‘One of those cars that was right here, there was a lady inside, and if that cop did not take that lady out, she would’ve been dead by that time,’ witness Ali Sulimanalmaweri told the ABC affiliate.
‘So he pulled her out and he hit the car again, he kept hitting the car so he could run away.’
Witnesses feared at first that there were children on the bus, but that was not the case.
Police give chase as the school bus thief leads them on a wild pursuit through Brooklyn
Reyes was eventually arrested in Brownsville near the Alabama Avenue Station after allegedly leading police on a miles-long chase.
He is charged with grand larceny, reckless endangerment, unauthorized use of a vehicle, forgery, criminal possession of stolen property, obstruction of a governmental authority, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle.
It was not immediately clear whether Reyes had an attorney to speak on his behalf.