A 57-year-old Santa Ana who got into an hours-long standoff with Orange County sheriff’s deputies following a conflict with a passenger on a bus in Anaheim was being held Friday without bail.

David Lavar Young was booked on suspicion of criminal threats, according to jail records.

Young got into a dispute with a passenger on an Orange County Transportation Authority bus on Thursday afternoon, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Breckner. It appears the passenger inadvertently bumped or stepped on Young’s shoe, triggering a dispute, the sergeant said.

“He apologized, but the suspect apparently did not accept the apology and got really angry,” Breckner said.

The dispute erupted into a fight, during which Young allegedly threatened the victim with a weapon, which the victim described as a box cutter or similar sharp object, according to the sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Braun.

Young then got off the bus and onto another OCTA bus, which deputies located and stopped about 5 p.m. at the corner of Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue. Deputies helped the passengers safely get off the bus, but the “confrontational” suspect refused to leave and threatened deputies, Braun alleged.

The sheriff’s department activated its crisis negotiation team and SWAT team.

“After attempting to negotiate with the suspect for approximately four hours, they deployed and utilized CS gas, which is basically tear gas, to get him to exit the bus,” Braun said. “Once he exited the bus, he still wasn’t complying with deputies’ commands to get on the ground, so they did deploy a canine.”

Young surrendered after being bitten by the dog about 9:30 p.m., Braun said.

It’s not clear if deputies ever found a weapon.

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