Metro bus riders tackled a 19-year-old man who had been robbing passengers at gunpoint and held him down until police could take him into custody Monday evening.
A man boarded a Metro bus at Third Avenue and Pike Street wearing a nylon stocking covering part of his face and kept to himself until the bus reached the 6000 block of California Avenue Southwest around 6 p.m, according to Seattle police. That’s when he allegedly stood up, brandished a gun and started pointing it at people’s heads.
After the man had taken personal property from at least three people, a group of men on the bus wrestled the man down until officers arrived at 6:12 p.m.
A man the West Seattle Blog interviewed said one 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.”
Even after being taken into custody, the suspect continued to be violent and kicked out the plexiglass partition in the patrol car.
Officers gained control of him without being injured and transferred him to a prisoner van to be taken to King County Jail, where he was booked for investigation of three counts of armed robbery.