Parents say bus driver dropped kids off in middle of manhunt

Posted at: 08/21/2014 5:21 PM
Updated at: 08/21/2014 5:26 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Parents said a school bus driver messed up big time when they dropped off dozens of high school students in the middle of a manhunt on Albuquerque's west side.

The incident happened Wednesday afternoon as cops locked down a Taylor Ranch neighborhood while searching for a murder suspect.

 It was a chaotic scene, as neighbors were told to stay in their homes, police blocked off streets and officers said they considered the man armed and dangerous.

Yet parents say a school bus driver decided it was still okay to drop off students in the middle of it all.

"I said, 'What are you doing here?' And he goes, 'The bus driver dropped us off.' And I go, 'We're on lockdown. The whole community's on lockdown,'" parent Muniz Garduno said when her son walked in the door.

Garduno said the bus driver dropped off dozens of students at the regular stop on Homestead and Primrose despite the heavy police presence and potential danger.

'What if he would have gotten on that bus and taken those kids hostage," said Garduno. "Or what if he would have kidnapped a kid?"

She said the bus driver should have taken the students back to Volcano Vista High School to be picked up by their parents.

"How did that bus driver not have enough common sense to know, 'All these cops cars…maybe I should radio in. Maybe I should not drop all these kids off.'"

Garduno, who works at a nearby convenience store, said some of the kids couldn't even walk home because so many streets were closed.

"I'm talking to parents coming in at 5, 6 or 7 at night going, 'I couldn't find my kids for three or four hours because the high school dropped them off.'"

KOB reached out to APS for comment, but has yet to receive a response.