Passengers Tackle Armed Thief Aboard Metro Bus In West Seattle
A group of citizens subdued a man robbing people in Seattle at gunpoint on a Metro bus on Monday evening.
According to The Seattle Times, police said the 19-year-old man boarded the bus at 6 p.m. at 3rd Avenue and Pike Street with a stocking mask on his face. He took out a gun and pointed it at people while he took belongings from at least three passengers.
That’s when a group of men wrestled the suspect down until officers responded to the 6000 block of California Avenue SW at 6:12 p.m. on Monday.
The West Seattle Blog interviewed a man who said another man started taking down the suspect before others including himself jumped in.
“First thing he did was grab the arm holding the revolver and managed to get his finger in [the trigger hole],” the man told the West Seattle blog. “We were sitting on [the armed man] trying to restrain him.”
Responding officers took the suspect into custody and placed him in a patrol car. Police say the he became violent again, kicking out the plexiglas window partition in the police car.
Officers gained control of the suspect and transferred him to a prisoner transport van.
The suspect was booked into the King County Jail on three counts of armed robbery. He is waiting for additional charges.
Police retrieved the suspect’s handgun at the scene and put it into evidence. This remains an active and on-going robbery investigation, according to the Seattle Police Department Blotter.