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Passengers take down armed robber on Metro bus

A group of bus passengers on Nov. 25, 2013, overpowered and held down a gunman who minutes earlier had pulled out a pistol and began robbing people on the Metro Transit bus in West Seattle, police said.

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12/19/13

Video shows gunman’s takedown on bus: Would you have joined in?

SEATTLE — Every day, thousands get on and off the buses in Seattle with no problem. But on Nov. 25, riders on a bus heading to West Seattle faced a big problem — and he was holding a gun.

Surveillance video released Wednesday shows a masked man in the back of the bus, waving a gun, and demanding cell phones from riders. When he moves farther toward the front, he points the gun just inches from a passenger’s face. But that passenger goes on the attack.

busThe passenger pushed the robber down the aisle, throwing punches, and other passengers joined in, holding him down on the floor until police arrived.

“Good for them, disarming the guy, without having any shots fired,” said Roger, a regular bus rider in downtown Seattle.

The suspect, Trevonnte Brown, 19,  has been charged with armed robbery and attempted robbery. Brown pleaded not guilty and is being held in the King County Jail on $350,000 bail.

“It’s amazing everybody pitched in to basically save each other, save themselves,” said Marjori, another regular bus rider. It’s a situation she and other bus riders hope they never face. But they can’t help considering what they would do if they found themselves on a bus with a gunman.

“I’d try to break his elbow,” said Deon. “Hopefully the guy behind me and the people in front of me will do the same and try and help out.”

“I think I would do something, especially if these two were on the bus,” said Dumaka, pointing to his wife and daughter. “That’s dangerous, scary, and it’s definitely a sacrifice, but you don’t want to see anybody get hurt.”

SEATTLE — Surveillance video was released Wednesday of Seattle bus passengers overpowering an armed robber on Nov. 25.

The passengers knocked the gunman down and held him until police arrived and arrested him.

busPassengers told police that a masked man boarded a bus in downtown Seattle and sat down for the ride to West Seattle. Once the bus reached West Seattle, the man stood up. As the video shows, the gunman points his weapon right in a passenger’s face, who is startled at first, but then grabs for the weapon.

The passenger pushed the robber down the aisle, throwing punches, and other passengers joined in, trying to take him down.

Some passengers, including a woman on crutches, run for the exits.

It took at least three passengers to hold the gunman down until police came.

The suspect in the case, 19-year-old Trevonnte Brown is charged with first-degree robbery and attempted armed robbery.  He is being held in the King County Jail on $350,000 bail.

SEATTLE — Trevonnte Brown, 19, of Seattle, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he robbed passengers at gunpoint aboard a Metro bus Nov. 25 in West Seattle before being taken down by other riders.

Brown is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree attempted robbery.

rapidrideAt Monday’s hearing in King County Superior Court, prosecutors added a new charge — second-degree robbery — for an earlier robbery in which a man stole a smart phone from a passenger on Nov. 16.

The defendant remains in jail on $350,000 bail.

In the Nov. 25 incident, a man wearing a nylon stocking mask over his face got onto the Rapid Ride bus at at 3rd Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle, police said. He sat down and kept to himself until the bus reached the 6000 block of California Avenue SW in West Seattle, when he stood up, pulled out a handgun and began pointing it at people’s heads and robbing them, police said.  A group of passengers on the Metro bus confronted the defendant, tackled him to the floor and held him until police arrived.

“The suspect had taken the personal property from at least three people when a group of male passengers confronted the suspect and tackled him to the floor, holding him down until officers arrived,” the Seattle Police Department crime blotter said.

No one was injured.

 

SEATTLE — Bail was set at $350,000 Monday for a 19-year-old Seattle man charged with robbery for allegedly trying to rob passengers at gunpoint aboard a Metro bus Nov. 25 in West Seattle.

busmetroTrevonnte Brown is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree attemped robbery.

A group of passengers on the bus confronted the defendant, tackled him to the floor and held him until police arrived.

A man wearing a nylon stocking mask over his face got onto the Rapid Ride bus at at 3rd Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle, police said. He sat down and kept to himself until the bus reached the 6000 block of California Avenue SW in West Seattle, when he stood up, pulled out a handgun and began pointing it at people’s heads and robbing them, police said.

“The suspect had taken the personal property from at least three people when a group of male passengers confronted the suspect and tackled him to the floor, holding him down until officers arrived,” the Seattle Police Department crime blotter said.

No one was injured.

Brown’s arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 16. in the King County Courthouse.

SEATTLE — A group of bus passengers on Monday night overpowered and held down a gunman who minutes earlier had pulled out a pistol and began robbing people on the Metro Transit bus in West Seattle, police said.

rapidrideThe suspect, wearing a nylon stocking mask over his face, got onto the bus at at 3rd Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle, police said. He sat down and kept to himself until the bus reached the 6000 block of California Avenue SW in West Seattle, when he stood up, pulled out a handgun and began pointing it at people’s heads and robbing them, police said.

“The suspect had taken the personal property from at least three people when a group of male passengers confronted the suspect and tackled him to the floor, holding him down until officers arrived,” the Seattle Police Department crime blotter said.

No one was injured.

Police said the 19-year-old suspect was placed initially in the back of a police squad car, but after he kicked out the plexiglass window partition in the back seat, he was transferred to a prisoner transport van.

The suspect was booked into the King County Jail on three counts of suspicion of armed robbery. Additional charges may be pending, police said.

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