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Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 4:10 p.m.

Aspiring rapper arrested in Washtenaw County, accused of driving school bus stolen in west Michigan

By Kyle Feldscher

A man from Michigan’s west side might have some jailhouse cred to rap about after his arrest last week, WDIV reported.


Josiah Daniels

WDIV photo

Josiah Daniel Curtis, 25, was arrested on Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 94 at Zeeb Road, the station reported. He is accused of stealing a school bus from a Kent County bus yard in Wyoming and heading east toward Detroit, where he intended to start a rap career, according to the report.

The bus was swerving and speeding as it headed east on I-94, the station reported.

Police said Curtis crashed several buses into a loading dock and fence before taking one from the bus yard, Wood TV reported.

Curtis is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail on charges of receiving and concealing a motor vehicle, according to jail records. He’s being held on a $25,000 bond, records show. His next court date is Dec. 4.



Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 3:52 p.m.

Sounds like he may have schizophrenia according to a few other articles about this guy. There are a fair amount of people that know him saying that he is extremely intelligent but without medication he gets a little loose.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 6:40 p.m.

Ummmm....just a* little* loose? maybe a lot loose......maybe his wrappings came off and are trailing behind several yards?


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 3:09 p.m.

Not so humorous when you see the very real human side of it for this kid's parents:


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 7:02 p.m.

Thank you Jeanette, for presenting the human side of this story. Most of us know someone who has dealt with or is dealing with mental health issues in a family member or loved one. It can be incredibly difficult to manage, even in a place with many resources like Ann Arbor. I really feel bad for this young man and his family, and hope that they are able to get the help they need.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 2:41 p.m.

Who would ever have imagined that a foolproof plan like that wouldn't be successful?


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 1:51 p.m.

really? a school bus. it seems like he wanted to be caught. thats definately gangster!!!

music to my ear

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 1:16 p.m.

sorry curtis fly boy we already have a rapper from Detroit his name is emenin and you cant touch that,you are just a wanna be. but now just wanted.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 11:54 a.m.

RE: " He is accused of stealing a school bus from a Kent County bus yard in Wyoming and heading east toward Detroit, where he intended to start a rap career..." Disrupting the flow of rap music talent is a tragedy: If this keeps up, I may have nothing to frighten my kids and my dog with. ;-)


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 8:07 a.m.

This was totally dumb!


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 3:17 a.m.

Silly guy. White boys can't rap.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 2:44 a.m.

Was it the short bus! This story is too funny!


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 2:18 a.m.

I saw that on my way to my folks. It was on that paved triangle adjacent to the on ramp surrounded by 3 police cars. I thought to myself that it must have been stolen by some idiot kid, on a whim. It looks like I was partially right.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 2:06 a.m.

Ok, now really who steals a bus on a holiday and drives it around?? Like that bus wasn't going to stick out like a sore thumb to the cops. Bright idea my man.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 1:35 a.m.

I saw this bus pulled over when I was driving to my parents for thanksgiving and was thinking. "school isn't open, must be stolen" lol


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 1:26 a.m.

Now THIS is a mug shot!


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 1:01 a.m.

No comment yet!!


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 11:27 a.m.

You just did.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 12:45 a.m.

Lol that was his only transportation to Detroit to begin his rap career. Nice vehicle to decide to steal; he must have blended right in with the rest of the traffic on the freeway lol.

John of Saline

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 12:26 a.m.

Detroit News has three other mug shots for this dude. Epic:|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 2:25 p.m.

did he do a wardrobe change between mug shots?

Josh Thiele

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 12:19 a.m.

I want to write beats for this dude, autotune the hell outta him, and maybe we could get on Ellen. Dollar, dollar bills y'all.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 11:44 p.m.

His face looks a little bit crusted. From springin' for some stuff that was rusted. Now he's singing like he ought to be trusted. Never mind that he's surely been bus-ted. He'll fit right in after he's dusted...


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 11:30 p.m.

Google Josiah Daniel Curtis.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 3:04 p.m.

He's got at least five other mug shots on Google.

Robert Northrup

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 12:38 p.m.

Thank you for pointing that out. For some reason when you search this guy's name on Google Images, the 125th result is Octomom outfitted for her latest job. Mr Curtis will go far.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 11:22 p.m.

No comment


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 11:13 p.m.

Aint nothing but a gangsta party...


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 11:06 p.m.

Who me???


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 10:41 p.m.

Oh my gosh, I saw this happening last Thursday. There were 3 police cars, 2 State Police and 1 Sheriff Dept., I think. I wondered what was going on. Crazy!


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 10:39 p.m.

BUS-ta Rhymes!


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.



Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 10:35 p.m.

Did he really think that he could step feet on streets of Detriot and start a rap carrier out the blue? he's snorting too much 8 mile! ideat should of just gone myspace or soething. he look more like chadder bob then then rabit...dont shoot yourself in the leg!

Robert Northrup

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 12:20 p.m.

zomg, the navy of hip-hop totally needs a RAP CARRIER. With phat fighters flying off its deck, dropping beats in the war on tizzle, yo.

Kitty O'Brien

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 1:49 a.m.

Were you a fan?

Mike H.

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 10:11 p.m.

Wow, I didn't know the leader singer of the Walkmen was getting into rapping.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 10:37 p.m.

yea... he go's to Detriot and record company are noe vcant lots..

Soft Paw

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 9:49 p.m.

He wanted a rap career, and got a rap sheet instead.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 9:31 p.m.

"...concealing a motor vehicle,..." If he can do that with a bus, he might want to look into a career as a magician instead of rapper.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 9:29 p.m.

Instant street cred!! I can't wait to hear him rapping about stealing school buses and getting arrested. Way to go my man!!