Police evacuated a Greyhound bus in Cortland today after a passenger reported there were two men onboard with a gun threatening to kill him.
One of the two men was later identified as 29-year-old Louis Love, of West 11th Street in Brooklyn, who was found to be on a full extradition Arrest Warrant issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
That warrant was related to an arrest involving racketeering, conspiracy and intent to distribute controlled substances.
City and State police got a call from the threatened passenger just past 1 pm, while the bus was traveling southbound on Route 81 from Syracuse to NYC.
Officers stopped the bus prior to it reaching the busy transfer area outside the Cortland County Office Building, where three others were loading and unloading passengers at the time.
After the bus was evacuated, Love and another man identified by the victim were searched and questioned by police.
No weapons were found, but Cortland City Lt. Michael Strangeway said the suspects did have a backpack on them with around $100k inside. A search of the bus was also conducted, which turned up empty.
Love initially tried to give police a fake name, then quickly identified himself and stated that he was “wanted by the Feds.” More details on his Federal Arrest Warrant can be seen here.
Agents from the DEA Task Force in Syracuse were quickly called in to assist with today’s investigation.
“Every passenger on the bus (approximately 28 individuals) was pat searched for weapons after the caller stated that he believed one of the men had passed the gun off to another passenger on the bus,” Lt. Strangeway said. “NYSP, Cortland City Police and K-9 teams from both agencies all played an integral role in this investigation.”
Love was transported to Binghamton for his initial appearance before a Federal Magistrate.
Strangeway says the investigation is ongoing and further details will be released as they become available.
Photos below sent in by Samantha Guyles: