Man steals American Airline airport bus, takes police on 15-mile chase across NYC, police say

A suspect who stole an American Airlines bus from a New York airport and led police on a chase across the city was jailed Thursday facing felony charges.

Burshawn Quildon, 43, stole the bus from John F. Kennedy International Airport, the New York Police Department said, and drove it at least 15 miles across multiple NYC boroughs. 

The New York Police Department told USA TODAY Quildon got into a bus that was left running in a lot. about 1:40 a.m. on Wednesday.

An airport employee followed the bus and alerted police, the NYPD said.

An American Airlines bus on an airport taxiway before it's towed away. Police in New York City say a man stole an American Airlines bus from JFK International Airport on March 1, 2023 and led police on a chase. The suspected thief was later arrested.

The suspect drove the bus on roads including Van Wyck Expressway and Grand Central Parkway in Queens, FDR Drive in Manhattan and across the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn, where the vehicle was pulled over and the driver was arrested without incident.

Quildon was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

No one else onboard

According to police, the suspect was the only person aboard the bus.

No injuries or damage to other vehicles or property was reported, police said.

Neither JFK airport nor American Airlines could immediately be reached by USA TODAY on Thursday.

The investigation remained open on Thursday, police said.

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