07/02/2013 11:00 am ET

Ebony Williams Allegedly Splashes Bus Passenger With Gasoline Over Seat Argument

A woman angry with a stranger on a bus in Kansas City, Mo., is accused of splashing gasoline on passengers and threatening to light a match.

At about 5:30 a.m. Monday, 32-year-old Ebony D. Williams "got mad because someone was sitting beside her," witness Randy Harris told The Kansas City Star. “The bus was crowded, and she asked him to move.”

The man didn't move, and Williams allegedly responded by whipping out a gasoline-filled water bottle and splashing it on her seatmate, as well as five other passengers nearby, according to KCTV 5.

Police say she threatened to set everyone on fire.

“Right after the gasoline, she pulled out matches and tried to flick it,” Harris told the Star.

A scuffle ensued between Williams and the other passengers, at which point police say she began brandishing a large knife.

The bus driver stopped the bus and ceased the altercation. Passengers were transferred to a different bus.

"[The driver] absolutely did what she was supposed to. First and foremost is to take her safety and the safety of passengers into consideration," Area Transportation Authority spokesman B.J. Garcia told KMBC. "As soon as it became apparent that there was a harmful substance on the bus, she pulled the bus over immediately -- and I can't even say she pulled over -- she stopped immediately and opened the doors and had everyone exit the bus."

No one was injured in the incident. Williams was charged with six counts of assault.

Witness Jeremy Horn, who spoke with the Kansas City Star, asked perhaps the most pertinent question: "Why does she have a bottle of gasoline with her?”



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