Second suspect held in World Series bus destruction

Courtesy PhotoNicholas Hudson

Courtesy PhotoNicholas Hudson

Police have made a second arrest in connection with the smashing up and torching of a Muni bus during the widespread and spontaneous revelry that followed the Giants’ World Series win last week.

Nicholas Hudson, 19, of Daly City, was arrested Wednesday morning in South San Francisco on felony arson and vandalism charges, along with violating his probation, San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. The Oct. 28 incident near Third and Market streets forced a Muni driver and eight passengers to flee an 8X-Bayshore Express bus.

San Francisco resident Gregory Tyler Graniss, 22, also has been charged in connection with the incident, and police said they continue to search for more suspects.

The bus was attacked after the revelry turned into madness. The bus reportedly cost $700,000 and had just undergone $300,000 in renovations, Muni officials have said. The transit agency’s insurance company does not cover damage caused by arson, and City Attorney Dennis Herrera has vowed to sue anyone convicted of vandalizing public property during the celebration.

On Monday, Graniss pleaded not guilty to two felony charges, although his attorney, Douglas Rappaport, said his client will take responsibility for his part in the vandalism and is “very ashamed” of his actions.

Graniss, who is out of custody after posting $40,000 bail, was seen smashing the vehicle’s windshield with a metal police barricade.

Witnesses who photographed or videotaped the scene helped police find Graniss and Hudson.

On Tuesday, Muni honored a man for his bravery after he was badly beaten up while trying to intervene in the bus vandalism.

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