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Virginia man charged in NC bus hijacking

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Police in North Carolina have identified a Virginia man they say hijacked a Greyhound bus traveling from Richmond to Raleigh.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Gordon says 32-year-old Jose Flores of Arlington, VA, was taken into custody late Thursday near Norlina, about 60 miles north of Raleigh.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office is handling the case. Sheriff Johnny Williams did not immediately return a phone call Friday morning, but jail officials said Flores is charged with kidnapping.

Police say Flores pulled a gun on a bus with 35 passengers and ordered the driver to relinquish the bus. Police surrounded the bus after it pulled into a gas station. Flores was arrested after he was hit with a stun gun.

No one was hurt. Police have not discussed a possible motive.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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