Police: Man Tried to Set Fire to Stolen School Bus

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    Dallas police said a man tried to set himself and a stolen school bus on fire in the parking lot of a pizza restaurant. (Published Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012)

    Dallas police have arrested a man who allegedly tried to set himself and a stolen school bus on fire on Friday afternoon.

    Police received a call about at about 3 p.m. about a suspicious man in a the parking lot of Peter Piper Pizza on West Jefferson Boulevard near Van Buren Avenue in North Oak Cliff.

    Witnesses said the man was behind the wheel of an empty school bus and was trying to set a roll of paper towels on fire.

    "All of a sudden, I see a man in a bus, and he's, like, tearing up something and he was holding it up in the air," Martin Munoz said. "The next thing you know, there are like five officer's cars coming in every direction, blocking him off."

    Munoz and some of his friends were sharing a pizza at Peter Piper when the incident occurred.

    "They were telling him to get off, and then that's when we saw something on fire, which was his shirt, because we saw him shirtless," Tanya Delrio said.

    Police said they broke the door of the bus to prevent the man from injuring himself and then arrested him.

    The school bus had been stolen at about 1 a.m. from Jesuit College Preparatory School in North Dallas. Investigators are still determining whether the man stole the bus or found it abandoned in the pizza restaurant's parking lot.

    Police expect to file multiple charges against the man.