Authorities with the Johnstown Police Department say a 20-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly “hitched a ride” on a Greater Johnstown school bus and was accused of stalking several female students.
Police say on Wednesday morning, the School Resource Officer at Johnstown High School received a complaint about one of the inbound buses.
According to the affidavit, the officer boarded the bus, once it arrived at the school, and observed several female students who were “visibly upset.”
Police say the bus driver told the officer that an adult male had boarded the bus in West End and rode the bus to the school.
Authorities say the suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Ivan Miranda, was located on the school walkway and was taken into custody.
Police say Miranda was not a student at the school and noted that he was in possession of a Florida ID.
Upon further investigation, police say several students reported multiple incidents in which Miranda was “following them and acting bizarre.”
Police also say that the father of one of the students reported an incident on New Year’s in which Miranda was allegedly standing outside his home and “refused to leave.”
Authorities say Miranda also allegedly threatened the student’s father.
According to online court records, Miranda is being held at the Cambria County Prison on charges of criminal trespass, unauthorized entry of a school bus and stalking.
His bail has been set at $80,000.