Woman on bus reports threat; man jailed

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Transit official, Web site differ about guns on bus

Roberta Bailey, safety manager for Grand Valley Transit, said federal transportation laws prohibit anyone from bringing car batteries or gas cans, empty or not, on board with them while riding public buses.

For everything else, Bailey said “common sense” should apply.

“I’m sure we have people with concealed-weapons permits,” she said. “As long as you’re not waving guns around on buses, or at transfer points, it’s OK.

“We had one guy who picked up his rifle from a repair shop and wanted to bring it home,” Bailey said. “He told the driver, left it with the driver, and everything was OK.”

Grand Valley Transit’s online “rules for riding” says weapons are prohibited.



A Grand Junction man could face prison time after displaying a BB pistol on a Grand Valley Transit bus and telling a stranger he was prepared to use it, according to an arrest affidavit.

Chad M. Thompson, 24, was advised Tuesday of possible charges, including felony endangering public transportation, following his arrest by Grand Junction police at the transit authority’s transfer station at 525 S. Sixth St., on Monday. His bond was set at $10,000.

The affidavit said a woman told authorities that Thompson apparently watched as she exchanged text messages with a friend over a problem with an ex-boyfriend.

Thompson said to her, “Do you want me to take care of that?” after observing her text messages, according to the affidavit. He then lifted his shirt and showed what appeared to her to be the grip of a black handgun, the affidavit said.

The woman said she feared for her safety and told GVT staff about the weapon.

Officers found a silver and black BB pistol in Thompson’s backpack, along with a marijuana pipe and seeds, the affidavit said.

Thompson denied ever displaying the pistol and said the backpack had been recently given to him by another man, according to the affidavit.

A judge Tuesday told Thompson he could face up to 24 years in prison if charged with and convicted of the transportation-related felony. District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said he intends to file the charge.

Thompson, a father of two children, faces a possible aggravated sentence because he’s serving parole from state prison, the judge said.

Thompson will be charged formally Dec. 29.


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