Man charged in random Seattle attack of woman at light rail station

SEATTLE — King County prosecutors filed charges against a man for the unprovoked and random attack of a woman at a Seattle light rail station.

Alexander Jay, 40, was charged with second-degree assault, according to charging documents provided to KIRO 7.

According to the court documents, on March 2, the woman got off the light rail at the Chinatown-International District station in Seattle and walked up the stairs to exit the light rail tunnel.

At the top of the concrete stairs, Jay grabbed the woman and threw her down.

As she fell, Jay followed her down the stairs, grabbed her again and threw her further down the stairs.

The woman grabbed onto the stair railing to prevent being thrown further down the stairs again.

As Jay walked back up the stairs and left the station, a security guard came to the woman’s aid.

The attack was captured on the station’s security cameras.

The woman suffered three broken ribs and a broken clavicle in the attack.

Jay was located approximately a half-mile from where the attack happened and was arrested.

He was booked on a Department of Corrections warrant.

According to court documents, Jay has many prior convictions in Washington, including burglary, theft, selling stolen property and several instances of domestic violence.

Additionally, Jay has had prior convictions in California for theft, drug possession, auto theft and burglary.

Police reports noted Jay is also homeless.

Washington courts have issued more than 15 bench warrants for Jay for failing to attend hearings, so the state has requested bail be set at $150,000 in this case.

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