First woman approached by Jacksonville bus hijacker speaks out

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "I'm still a little shaken," Karlena Lipari confessed. "His eyes were real big."

    What only lasted a few minutes at a Jacksonville bus stop felt like an eternity for Lipari.

    Fourth grader Macen Everett said a man with an orange shirt just came over, and Lipari said the the man caught her attention and asked if she had a car. When Lipari explained that she didn't have one, she noticed the man had a knife in his hand.

    "It was down by his, just straight by his leg, and he opened it because it was one of those folder ones. He opened it and said, 'It would be in your best interest if you tell me where your car is.'"

    In what Lipari thought was the nick of time,the bus pulled up, but she soon realized the possibility of what would happen next.

    "I was like 'Oh my gosh,'" Lipari explained. "There might be kids on that bus, and I didn't want anything to happen to the kids."

    With knife in hand, 22- year-old Nicholas Miller got on the bus and hijacked it with the bus driver and students on board.

    "It's just getting crazy. It's getting too close to home, really," added one parent who lives near the bus stop. "I would have never expected this."

    Early Thursday morning Angela Royster was inside getting ready for work. When her son came running inside to tell her a man hijacked a bus with kids inside, she was in disbelief.

    Although a little shaken, she said she is thankful everyone on the bus is okay. After a day full of the unimaginable, Royster and several other Jacksonville parents said as they put their children to sleep, they will be hugging them just a little bit tighter.

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