Two men stabbed on Metro bus; attacker’s bail set at $250,000

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SEATTLE — Two men were stabbed on a Metro bus Sunday night in Beacon Hill, with one of the men suffering life-threatening injuries from head and neck wounds, Seattle police reported.

According to police, one of the victims had swiped his ORCA card when he boarded the bus, but it was denied. The bus driver asked the man to come back to the front of the bus to pay his fare and as he did, the suspect, who was seated near the front of the bus, suddenly attacked him with a knife, stabbing him repeatedly in the chest, head and neck.

When the victim’s friend saw him being attacked, he ran to his aid. The suspect then began stabbing him numerous times, police said.

The bus driver pulled the suspect away from the victims and the two male victims exited the bus while the man who stabbed them sat down on the bus in a seat behind the driver.

An officer on patrol saw the two victims on the sidewalk and noticed they were bleeding. When police boarded the bus, they arrested the suspect without incident. Police allegedly recovered a folding knife used in the attack and said it doesn’t appear the attacker knew the victims.

The man who was stabbed in the head and he was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The other victim was stabbed in the shoulder and sustained less serious injuries and is expected to fully recover.

When police spoke with the suspect, he told them he attacked the two men because they were “harassing” him. He also threatened to rape and kill a female officer who was interviewing him. He has been booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault and felony harassment. Monday afternoon, a judge set his bail at $250,000.

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  • jet

    Officers on the scene arrested, who waited on the bus, at the scene. <— what?? I don't understand what they are saying. Sounds like they are saying they arrested people on the bus. I don't get it

    • jet

      nevermind. KING 5 reported it correctly. This post says they were "BOARDING" but, actually they were "LEAVING" the bus. Now it makes sense. Get it right Q 13

  • nick

    My brother was the person who was stabbed nearly to death. I am happy to report he is critical but stable. I can't find the name of the attacker, and since I live out of state I do not know what agency to contact.

  • jolene

    Homicide gets involved if the victim may be near death as well. Attempted murder goes along the lines of murder charges, The victim may not have died on scene because he was saved and brought to the hospital. Consider if the victim was stabbed in the head without medical attention for several hours.

  • Ron k

    I am the man that was attacked first on the bus. Regardless of how the story was reported, what is important is how lucky I am to have a friend who did not think twice about risking his own life to save me, and could have been killed as well. Even though the guy that stabbed us will probably get out on bail or a short sentence or something, he will always be at a loss because I doubt he will ever know the true meaning of friendship, like having someone willing to be taken out by the same blade as you. Also I don't know who they were, but the Paramedics that arrived at the scene were amazing, and it was evident that they were't simply "doing their job", but they had a genuine respect for human life, and a heartfelt concern for my friend's and mines saftey. I can never thank them nor my friend enough.Stay safe Seattle, remember the value the people you care for, and those that care for you. Namaste.

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