Utah man assaulted school bus driver, threatened to kill passengers, police say

A South Weber man faces criminal charges after police say he assaulted a school bus driver and threatened to shoot everyone on the bus.

A South Weber man faces criminal charges after police say he assaulted a school bus driver and threatened to shoot everyone on the bus. (Christopher Boswell, Shutterstock)

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SUNSET — A South Weber man now faces criminal charges after police say he assaulted a school bus driver through the window and threatened to shoot everyone on the bus.

Barry Gene Bambrough, 57, was charged Monday with assault against a school employee and assault against a peace officer, class A misdemeanors.

Police responded to a report of an assault in the area of 1850 North and 75 West in Sunset on Friday. The substitute school bus driver told officers that he had been driving slowly in the neighborhood looking for the house of a student to pick up when a man later identified as Bambrough began shouting at him to stop the bus, according to a police booking affidavit.

After the driver stopped, he told police that Bambrough hit him through the driver's side window and attempted to pull him out of the school bus.

"He told him to get out so he can kill him. He tried to pull away and the male individual told him he was going to go get a gun to kill him and whoever was on the bus," the affidavit states.

The bus driver "was shaking and in tears," the arrest report says. "He stated there's three disabled students on the bus and an assistant. He ... feared for his life and the life of the others that were on the bus with him."

An officer then made contact with Bambrough at a nearby house. Bambrough yelled at the officer to get off his property, shouted expletives and threatened to "smash your head with my sledgehammer," the officer wrote in the affidavit.

Bambrough then approached the officer with an electric guitar and electric hedge trimmer and ignored commands to drop the items and had to be forcibly detained, according to charging documents.

The defendant threatened, 'If you take me to jail, you are dead,'' the charges state. "He added that no school bus should ever come through his property again and if they did, he 'will kill them all.'"

On Sept. 13, three days before the incident, police responded to a Sunset neighborhood where Bambrough's neighbors told police that he came to their home with two saws and a sledgehammer and said he would murder their family, according to court records. When the father went outside to intervene, Bambrough allegedly followed him around parked cars with the sledgehammer.

Bambrough was charged in that case with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

Court records also show Bambrough pleaded guilty in August 2020 to burglary of a vehicle and was sentenced to 364 days in jail, but the jail time was suspended and he was placed on probation for 24 months.

And in June 2018, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in an incident where he threatened two men with a BB gun, though the victims believed it was a real gun, court records show. Police say he also lay in the middle of the road and blocked traffic. In that case, Bambrough spent two months in jail and was put on probation for 24 months.

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