Man who tackled armed bus suspect speaks to KIRO 7

by: Alison Grande Updated:

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SEATTLE - Commuters fought back after an armed robber targeted three passengers on a metro bus.

Police said when the man got on the bus at Third Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle Monday night, he was wearing a nylon stocking mask pulled down over his face, but kept to himself.

When the bus got near Southwest Raymond Street on California Avenue Southwest in West Seattle, the man pulled a handgun, pointed it at passengers' heads, and started to rob people of their iPods and cellphones, police said.

One of those victims talked to KIRO 7 Tuesday night, “He stuck the gun up against my head and said ‘Give me your phone’ and I kind of jerked away at first. I think he considered that struggle and told me not to make it harder than it had to be,” said the bus rider who asked us not to use his name.

He said the man robbed three people, then a commuter took action. “This other man in the bus made a move and grabbed his arm at which point me, and two other guys, jumped on the two of them and we all landed in the middle of the bus and laid there until police arrived,” he said.

Even when police arrived, the man kept fighting; he kicked out the Plexiglas partition while he was in the back seat of a police car.

He then had to be moved into a prisoner transport van.

The man, identified as Trevonnte Brown, was booked into the King County Jail on three counts of armed robbery. His bail was set at $350,000. 

Brown waived his right to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.  His mother did attend the bail hearing. She said the behavior did not sound like her son.

At her home Tuesday night, Trina Clay, Trevonnte’s mom, said,” He could have killed somebody. He could have gotten killed himself.”

She said she was tipped off he might have a gun, a couple days ago and confronted her son. “I stopped him at the door. ‘Lift your coat up, open your jacket,’ and I kind of frisked him down. ‘Malik said you have a gun. You have a gun? You’re not bringing a gun in here. You don’t even need a gun.’ He was like ‘No mom, I don’t have a gun.’” said Clay.

She said Trevonnte had his car towed a couple of weeks ago. She thinks he committed the robberies to get money to get his car back.