Person of interest in Metro bus shooting charged with resisting arrest

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ST. LOUIS — The person of interest in the shooting of a Metro bus driver has been charged following a brief police pursuit on Monday, the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis announced.

Isaiah Houston, 30, was charged with resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to a probable cause statement, detectives noticed Houston holding an AR-15 style rifle in the front yard of his mother’s home Monday night.

Detectives in unmarked patrol vehicles attempted to stop him when he left the home in a red Chrysler PT Cruiser, which matched the description of the car that may be connected to the Metro bus shooting.

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 failed. He was arrested while trying to get to the backseat, according to the probable cause statement. Detectives also found an AR-15 under a seat in the vehicle.

Houston is being held on a $60,000 bond. None of the charges he is currently facing stem from Friday night’s shooting. The Major Case Squad said it’s still investigating.

Metro bus driver Jonathan Cobb was shot around 7:10 p.m. Friday in the 3400 block of Lucas and Hunt Road. Passengers reported that a single gunshot from outside of the bus struck Cobb, causing him to crash.  

Cobb remains hospitalized in critical condition. Several passengers were on the bus, but none of them were injured from the gunshot.

Jonathan Cobb

More than 20 detectives with the Major Case Squad are working around the clock to solve the case.

“Get the public’s help in identifying the person responsible for this incident and help us locate the vehicle that may have information to this crime,” said Lt. Tim Burger with the Major Case Squad.

Investigators released a security camera photo of the PT Cruiser prior to stopping a similar vehicle Monday night. Police have yet to confirm if it’s the same vehicle captured in surveillance images from Friday’s shooting that left Cobb in critical condition.

Cobb is a popular musician known as J-Traxx in St. Louis music circles. His family is praying for his recovery and pleading for answers.

“I try to think of words that I can say, but the only thing I can do is ask you all — if you know something, please! Please say something! Please! We’re begging the community,” said Cobb’s sister, Charna Wooten, during a Monday afternoon press conference. “Jonathan needs justice!”

Bi-State Development, which runs the buses, is putting new security measures in place after the shooting.

“These are the front-line workers who are out there,” said Bi-State’s president and CEO Taulby Roach. “They are scared and intimidated. We will be putting additional security resources exclusively that will be dedicated to the bus line. They deserve the dedication. Please I urge you to help us bring some justice to the family.”

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.  Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $10,000 reward.

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