POLICE: Two men point guns at TARC driver, female passenger - WDRB 41 Louisville News

POLICE: Two men point guns at TARC driver, female passenger

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Thomas Simpson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Thomas Simpson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Leslie Winfrey (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Leslie Winfrey (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say two men have been arrested less than a month after they boarded a TARC bus and threatened the driver and a passenger with a gun.

According to an arrest warrant, the incident took place on Feb. 23 on Dixie Hwy. Police say 18-year-old Thomas Simpson and 20-year-old Leslie Winfrey boarded a TARC bus, then got into an argument with the bus driver over the bus fare.

The suspects allegedly told the driver that they were students at Liberty High School and wanted to receive the student discount, but neither had student IDs. After arguing over the fare, the driver told the men that they needed to get off the bus.

That's when, police say, Winfrey opened his coat and showed the bus driver a handgun, which was tucked into his waistband. Winfrey allegedly told the driver multiple times that, "You are going to get this bus shot up."

Police say Simpson told the driver, "Step off this bus, and I am going to show you what I am going to do."

Both Simpson and Winfrey got off the bus via a back exit, but they then got behind a female passenger who was boarding and tried to get back on, according to the arrest warrant. Police say the bus driver slammed the door shut in response. Then Winfrey and Simpson each pulled a handgun, according to police, and pointed them directly at the driver and the female passenger, with Simpson tapping his handgun on the glass of the door.

The incident was captured on surveillance video, according to the arrest warrant.

A warrant was issued for their arrest on March 14. Both men were taken into custody on Wednesday night. They've been charged with wanton endangerment, terroristic threatening and menacing.

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