Several charges are pending for the man authorities said tried to steal a Palestine school bus full of children.
On Tuesday, 30-year-old Cedrick Brenard Lewis was booked into the Anderson County Jail.
Authorities originally charged Lewis with aggravated kidnapping, but said now he is charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle, public intoxication, the disruption of a school activity, resisting arrest, search or transport and criminal mischief. Lewis is also being held on five more charges that occurred in other counties.
Tuesday morning, witnesses said Lewis was being escorted off the property at Timbercrest Apartments when he reportedly jumped onto the bus.
Between 10 to 15 elementary school students were on the bus at the time. Maintenance workers from the apartment complex and an off-duty corrections officer helped the bus driver get Lewis off the bus and held him down until help arrived.
Palestine Independent School District officials said those students attend Southside and Northside Elementary schools. Palestine ISD Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Eiben said the incident has prompted the district to review their safety audits.
"Whether it's an intruder like what's been happening, or whether it's just safety in your facility, those things are important and you take care of those things first," Eiben said. We are very grateful for the people who helped and I will have to say we have some courageous little kids. They learned how to take care of themselves for a little bit there for a few minutes. Now, it's our job to make certain that they feel that safety again, and that's what we want to do and that's the first thing we will be working on."
Eiben said the district contacted all of the parents of the students who were involved in the incident. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Lewis has a history with the Anderson County Jail that dates back to 2009. Most recently, he was arrested for evading arrest or detention and resisting arrest, search or transport.
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