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Man arrested after stealing MTA bus, crashing it in Staten Island: NYPD

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STATEN ISLAND — A man was arrested after he allegedly stole a MTA bus and crashed it into three parked cars and a light pole in Staten Island Friday.

Mario Casanova, 33, of Brooklyn, was arrested Friday after crashing the bus.

A MTA driver was doing a bus inspection at the corner of Jewett and Castleton avenues about 5:30 p.m. when Casanova boarded the bus, police said. Casanova allegedly simulated he had a firearm and demanded the driver to take him to the bus depot.

The driver followed Casanova’s order and began driving to the location. While on the road, Casanova kicked the driver off the bus and took control, police said. He drove the bus until he crashed into three unoccupied parked cars and a light pole at the corner of Castleton Avenue and Broadway.

Casanova was charged with robbery, grand larceny auto, unlawful imprisonment, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, according to police.

No one was hurt during the incident.