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July 31, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Felon arrested in ‘unprovoked’ attack at Seattle bus stop

A 47-year-old Bellevue man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested Tuesday on a $100,000 warrant, a month after he allegedly punched a stranger in the head at a downtown Seattle bus stop, court and jail records show.

King County prosecutors charged Marcus Joseph Johnson with second-degree assault on July 16, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to charging papers.

Johnson was initially arrested on June 29, accused of approaching the victim at a bus stop at Third Avenue and Pike Street, telling him to “get out of my way,” and striking him once in the head, according to charging documents. The male victim “was knocked unconscious and fell to the ground,” and Johnson boarded a Metro bus, the papers say.

Witnesses flagged down Seattle police officers, who stopped the bus and took Johnson into custody.

The assault case against Johnson was first filed in Seattle Municipal Court, but the charge was upgraded and the case moved to King County Superior Court when it “was later determined the victim’s injuries were worse than originally thought,” charging papers say. The alleged victim, who had earlier suffered a stroke and was unable to communicate with more than one or two words, suffered a neck fracture and bleeding on the brain as a result of the “unprovoked attack” at the bus stop, according to the charges.

Johnson failed to appear for his arraignment on Monday, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. A new arraignment date has not been scheduled, he said.

Johnson was most recently under state Department of Corrections supervision last year after serving an eight-year sentence for delivering cocaine to a minor, and he violated conditions of his release multiple times, charging papers say. In addition to numerous drug-related convictions, Johnson’s criminal history includes convictions for robbery, theft, resisting arrest and possession of a dangerous weapon, according to the papers.

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