Video shows passengers take down armed robbery suspect on Metro bus

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SEATTLE - Surveillance video from a Metro bus shows heroic passengers tackling a robbery suspect who police say pulled a gun and robbed riders.

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News obtained the surveillance video from the King County Prosecutor’s Office Wednesday night.

Travonnte Brown was arrested on charges of threatening bus riders with a gun and stealing their cellphones.

It happened on the Rapid Ride C route from Seattle to West Seattle on November 25.

 The video shows Brown wearing a black coat with the hood up. Police said he had on a nylon mask when he pointed his gun in the face of a woman on the bus and then robbed two men.

One passenger grabbed the gun and tackled Brown. Other passengers jumped on top to hold him down until police arrived.

The video shows there were two children caught in the middle of the struggle.

 Brown, 19, is in the King County Jail. He pleaded not guilty to robbery charges on Monday. That same day, prosecutors added an additional charge.  Police said Brown stole a cellphone from a passenger at a Beacon Hill bus stop.

If Brown is convicted, he could spend more than 15 years in prison.

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Group of bus passengers take down armed robber (11/25/13)

Man who tackled armed bus suspect speaks to KIRO 7 (11/27/13)

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