CAMBRIA HEIGHTS, Queens (PIX11) — The fiancee of an accused MTA bus hijacker told PIX11 News she had no clue he was the man suspected of taking control of a Q4 bus in Queens early Thursday morning.
Surveillance video obtained by PIX11 News purportedly shows Dwayne Gaddy, 44, as he frantically tried to flag down the MTA bus along Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, police said. When he got the Q4 bus to stop, police said he aimed a bb gun that looked like a pistol at the 55-year-old driver.
“The bus driver immediately opened all the doors to allow all passengers to exit,” said police officials.
What followed was a harrowing, thirty-block bus hijacking along Linden Boulevard. The quick-thinking driver managed to hop out the window as the bus was still moving.
“The subject then gained entry to the bus driver’s side by passing the partition and attempted to take control of the bus,” a police official said at the scene.
However, the bus crashed into a utility pole near 233rd Street and Linden Boulevard, police said. The crash knocked out power to nearly 900 residents. Service has since been restored.
“There was a huge explosion with flame,” one resident said.
Meanwhile, Gaddy’s fiancee told PIX11 News Thursday evening that she wasn’t aware of what had unfolded.
“What’s going on with him? His mom just called me and told me he got arrested,” she said.
She said she was not aware he had a BB gun and added that there were signs he was having a mental health crisis before he left the house.
“I don’t have a problem with him here. I know he has anxiety. This morning he told me he had a panic attack … he called for medical assistance, and he just left,” she said.
Rodney, another veteran MTA bus driver, said it’s not difficult for someone to gain access to the cockpit of the bus, especially if the suspect is armed.
“It’s not bulletproof. I’m sure it’s a frightening experience. Thank God it didn’t happen to me,” said Rodney.