<!-- Commented out because image was deleted: -->Jabbar Gibson
(reported also as Jabbor
) is a man who, on September 1, 2005, drove an abandoned New Orleans
school bus after Hurricane Katrina
from the flooded area to Houston
, to rescue victims of the flooded city
. He was 20 years old at the time.
He gained widespread media attention
when he commandeered the bus in New Orleans and picked up around 70 passengers, driving them 7 hours to Houston, stopping for fuel three times. When asked how he paid for fuel, Jabbar replied, "we passed a hat around until we had enough money". More notoriety followed when it was reported he might be in trouble for appropriating the vehicle illegally, as driving a commercial vehicle weighing over requires a class A, B, or C Louisiana license.
Gibson's story was reported by Salatheia Bryant and Cynthia Leonor Garza, reporters for the Houston Chronicle
Gibson has an extensive criminal history, including numerous arrests, and a prior conviction for possession of a stolen automobile. He had two pending cases before Hurricane Katrina for possession of cocaine
and aggravated assault with a firearm with discharge. He was released from jail on the assault charge nine days before the storm hit on a personal recognizance bond issued by Judge Charles Elloie.
Gibson has picked up more charges since Hurricane Katrina. On January 9, 2006, Gibson was arrested
and subsequently indicted
on federal charges after being... Read More