Crime

Phoenix Couple Pulls Gun on School Bus Full of Special Needs Students -- for No Apparent Reason

A Mesa couple was arrested yesterday for allegedly pointing a loaded gun at a school bus full of students with special needs.

The bus was taking the students home from Palm Lane Elementary School about 2:45 p.m. yesterday when it approached three people -- two women and a man.

Inexplicably, one of the women, 19-year-old Amanda Mojica-Holmes, pulled a holstered gun from her purse and handed it to the man, 21-year-old David Rubio.


Traveling westbound in the area of 7300 West Minnezona Road, the bus approached the group. That's when Rubio -- from about 5 to 15 feet away -- pulled the gun and aimed it at the bus.

No shots were fired, and nobody was injured. And police have no clue what prompted Rubio and Mojica-Holmes to pull a gun on a school bus.

The bus driver saw what was going down and got out of the area in a hurry. He called the school, which called the police.

Officers caught up with the group a short time later and found a loaded 9mm handgun in Mojica-Holmes' purse. The second woman was not found by police and is not wanted.

Mojica-Holmes was booked on one count of hindering prosecution. Things are a little more serious for Rubio -- he was booked on 12 counts of aggravated assault, and one count of misconduct involving a weapon.  

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James King
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