PINE LAWN, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced a 17-count indictment against a man accused of shooting at a pair of Metro buses last week and wounding one of the drivers.
Metro bus driver Jonathan Cobb was shot around 7:10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, in the 3400 block of Lucas and Hunt Road. Passengers on the bus reported a gunshot fired outside the bus struck Cobb in the head, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a light pole. He sustained critical injuries as a result.
About 10 minutes prior, shots were fired at another MetroBus traveling on N. Hanley near Airport Road.
The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis identified a red or maroon Chrysler PT Cruiser that was spotted at or near the scene of both shootings as a vehicle of interest.
“Detectives worked to develop leads through the hard work of Major Case Squad detectives,” said Lt. Tim Burger. “Evidence was located that identified, and ultimately connected, the suspect to both of these incidents.”
On Monday, St. Louis detectives stopped a PT Cruiser matching that description at Jennings Station Road near Greyling Drive. The man driving the PT Cruiser was taken into custody.
According to a probable cause statement, detectives noticed Isaiah Houston holding an AR-style rifle in the front yard of his mother’s home Monday night.
Detectives in unmarked patrol vehicles attempted to stop Houston when he left the home.
Police said at one point Houston reversed his car and slammed into a patrol vehicle occupied by two detectives near Jennings Station Road and Greyling Drive. He allegedly tried to drive on the sidewalk to get away but the vehicle was disabled.
Houston tried getting into the backseat of the PT Cruiser but was arrested. Detectives found an AR-style rifle under the backseat.
Ballistic tests matched the bullet fired in the second shooting to the rifle in Houston’s possession.
Houston, 30, was charged with eight counts for the shooting at N. Hanley and Airport roads and nine counts for the shooting that injured Jonathan Cobb.
In all, prosecutors charged Houston with 11 counts of fourth-degree assault, three counts of armed criminal action, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and one count of first-degree assault.
Houston was previously convicted on gun charges and drug possession.
Cobb’s family thanked detectives and the community for their help with the case.
“All the police officers involved in the investigation, community, and public for everything to get us to this point — It’s a relief,” said Charna Wooten.
Bi-State Development, which runs the buses, said it’s implementing new security measures following the shooting.
“Whenever we have an incident like this, our job is to respond and to beef up security,” said Taulby Roach, Bi-State president and CEO. “We put more transit specialists out on the bus lines. We want to reassure operators, but of course, the public.”