A 19-year-old Seattle man accused of robbing passengers at gunpoint aboard a King County Metro bus on Nov. 25 pleaded not guilty this morning to two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of attempted first-degree robbery.
During the arraignment for Trevonnte Brown, King County prosecutors added a new charge of second-degree robbery against the defendant for allegedly robbing a bus passenger of his smartphone on Nov. 16. Brown remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bail.
His next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 30.
According to Seattle police, Brown boarded the RapidRide C Line bus at Third Avenue and Pike Street around 6 p.m. Nov. 25 with a ski mask partially covering his face. When the bus reached West Seattle he approached two passengers and demanded their phones at gunpoint.
One passenger, John Briggs, told police he initially refused the gunman’s demand, but the armed man then pushed the handgun harder into his head and said, “Don’t make this harder.” Briggs then handed over his phone, according to a police report.
With Briggs’ phone in hand, the armed man walked away. It was then that Briggs and other passengers tackled the man and held him down for police while the bus was in West Seattle, the report said.