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Man charged in shooting that critically injured Metro bus driver

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 NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) – A man is facing multiple charges after a Metro bus driver was injured in a shooting.

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Isaiah Houston is facing 17 charges after being accused of shooting at two Metro buses in St. Louis County on Dec. 3. One of the incidents left a driver with critical injuries. 

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office announced charges against Isaiah Houston. The 30-year-old is facing 17 charges after being accused of shooting at two Metro buses Friday night, critically injuring bus driver Jonathan Cobb. The buses were carrying evening commuters at the time.

Houston represented himself in court Monday where he requested all cases against him dropped. The judge denied him bond. 

Cobb's fiancé and the mother of his twin daughters, Keylla Johnson is was at a press conference where the charges were announced on Dec. 9.

"Justice is served," Johnson said. "We have finally got our peace.  The only peace I need now is for him to get home."

The probable cause statement reads that Houston was driving a maroon PT Cruiser on North Hanley Road at Airport Road in Berkeley when he shot at a Metro bus around 7 a.m. on Dec. 3. One passenger was injured by glass in the incident.

The Major Case Squad is seeking leads after a Metro bus driver was shot in North County.

Shortly after, Houston drove the maroon PT Cruiser to the 3400 block of Lucas and Hunt and fired once again at a Metro bus, court documents allege. One of the bullets hit Cobb, 33, who was driving the bus. The bus then crashed into a utility pole. Cobb was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Nobody else on the bus was injured.

The Major Case Squad was activated to investigate the shooting. During the investigation, detectives uncovered surveillance video from each of the incidents, which captured a maroon PT Cruiser without a license plate at both scenes.

A Metro bus crashed into a utility pole in North County after the driver was shot Friday night, police told News 4

Monday night, police spotted a very similar car in North City and chased it to the intersection of Jennings Station and Greyling. Houston was then found and taken into custody. The 30-year-old was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of resisting arrest for that incident. He was charged with 12 counts of assault, three counts of armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Sam Alton with the St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office said Houston rammed a police car in an attempt to get away but was eventually taken into custody. He said an AR-15 style rifle was found in his car that was matched, through ballistics, the bullets fired into the buses.

Police described Cobb's injury as a "life-altering injury" but Johnson told News that Cobb has improved significantly since last Friday.

Cobb is also a recording artist who performs under the name J Traxx. Brian Johnson, with Untouchable Records, is a friend and fellow recording artist and producer.

Jonathan Cobb

Jonathan Cobb was shot while working as a Metro bus driver.

"He's a very good piano player. He just has so many talents, his energy has always been great. He went on tour with us a couple of times, performed on shows. We did multiple records together at producing," Brian Johnson said.

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