Utah man arrested after allegedly hitting school bus driver, threatening to kill passengers

Sep 21, 2022, 10:43 AM

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SUNSET, Utah — A 57-year-old man was arrested Friday after police say he hit a school bus driver and then threatened to kill him and the rest of the passengers on board.

Barry Gene Bambrough was arrested and booked into jail on charges of:

  • assault on a peace officer or military SVC member in uniform, class A misdemeanor
  • threat or terrorism — weapon/intimidate, second-degree felony
  • disorderly conduct, infraction
  • assault against school employee, class A misdemeanor
  • interference with an arresting officer, class B misdemeanor

According to arresting documents, the complainant — identified as a school bus driver — told officers a man grabbed him through the window, then hit him and the school bus while in the area of 1850 North and 75 West in Sunset. The man then told the driver he was going to get a gun and shoot the whole school bus. He also told the school bus driver to get out of the vehicle so he could kill him.

When officers arrived on scene, the school bus driver was “shaking and in tears.”

“He stated there’s 3 disabled students on the bus and an assistant. He … feared for his life and the life of the others that were on the bus with him,” read the probable cause statement.

The bus driver went on to explain that he was a substitute for the day.

According to documents, the driver was on his way to pick up a student, but he wasn’t sure where he was going. As he drove slowly through the street, attempting to find the student’s house, the assistant on the bus advised the driver that the student didn’t actually need to be picked up.

While leaving the area, the bus driver allegedly heard someone yell at him.

“He kept driving and the voice got louder. Yelling at him to stop,” documents stated.

The bus driver told police he eventually stopped the bus and a man walked toward the driver’s side window. He hit the bus driver’s left arm and attempted to pull him out of the bus. He then told the driver to get out so he could kill him.

The bus driver described the man as a Caucasian in his 40s, wearing a V-neck baseball shirt in a dark color and balding.

When contact was made with Bambrough, an officer with the Sunset Police Department said he yelled at her to get the f*** off his property, take off her uniform and badge and leave it on his front porch.

In the probable cause statement, police said they were familiar with Bambrough “from prior dealings.”

When asked if he talked to a school bus driver, Bambrough said yes.

“He then said I will smash your head with my sledge hammer,” arresting documents stated.

The officer then described hearing loud noises of him slamming things inside the residence before exiting through the back door.

“He walked towards me with two objects on his person. He was wearing a guitar and had a long metal object.”

The officer said Bambrough matched the description the bus driver provided, adding that he was wearing a baseball shirt with a V-neck collar and was balding.

As the officer tried to start her investigation, she said Bambrough continued to walk toward her. When asked to stop, he kept walking.

When it came time for the officer to put him in handcuffs, he resisted.

Eventually, Bambrough was placed in handcuffs and taken to the Davis County Jail.

“He stated no bus should ever come through his property again. He will kill them all,” arresting documents stated.

The officer said Bambrough also threatened to kill her for taking him to jail.

“He said I am going to rape you and cut your arms and legs off your body. I’m then going to rip your ears out of your head and your eyes I gave you. I am God.”

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Utah man arrested after allegedly hitting school bus driver, threatening to kill passengers