Caught on video: Passengers take down armed robber who was seizing phones on Seattle Metro bus

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 19, 2013 - 11:23 AM

SEATTLE — Surveillance video from a Metro bus in Seattle shows the dramatic takedown of an armed man who was robbing passengers of their phones.

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godiveDec. 19, 1311:49 AM

The only way these brazen attacks stop is if we fight back

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gjacobDec. 19, 1312:57 PM

The cell phone companies could fix this problem by allowing owners to have their stolen phones permanently disabled. The companies reject that idea since it was reduce the incentive to buy their high-margin protection plans. How many people need to be assulted or killed before they take action?

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nomedsDec. 19, 13 1:12 PM

I am tired of these criminals pleading not guilty when it 100% beyond a reasonable doubt that they committed the crimes. When found guilty, the judge should automatically double their sentences.

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odinmanDec. 19, 13 1:49 PM

gjacob - So it is the cell phone companies fault that thugs are assualting innocent people and stealing their phones? I've never heard anything so ridiculous. And it is not only phones, but jewelry, purses, laptops...whatever they can get their grubby hands on. Why don't we put the blame where it really belongs?

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jarlmnDec. 19, 13 1:51 PM

Sure, sure, Gjacob. Let's blame the cell phone companies instead of the robber. Sheesh, next thing we know, you'll be blaming the victim for her rape, eh? Ok then, let's blame the Social Security Administration for making all those pesky numbers used for identity theft. Let's blame the credit card companies for credit card fraud. What do you want to happen next, federal reserve notes to magically melt into paper pulp if someone robs you of your cash? How about instead, we take back our communities back from these hoodlums? Ah, but that would require some personal risk and personal responsibility, eh?

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johns860Dec. 19, 13 3:50 PM

Resisting an armed hold up on a crowded bus seems stupid to me. What if he started squeezing off rounds while being subdued? It puts everyone's life in danger. The thing to do would be a 911 call before he got to the back of the bus or if someone really wanted to be a hero they should have waited until the robber was out of the bus.

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fdrebinDec. 19, 13 3:51 PM

Too bad one of the riders didn't test fire the coward's gun while it was pointed at the young man. Heias guilty of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, crimes which can cost you your life.

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fatredneckDec. 19, 13 4:23 PM

absolutely johns860, I agree with you.... violence begets violence, the man is probably disadvantaged and is mrely acting out because of hoplessness...he is in fact owed something from those people....why should they have so much and him so little? Those people should be in fact the ones apologizing for being there for him to steal from.....good thing he wasn't hurt otherwise they should be compelled to pay for his hospital bill...well now that we have Obamacare they would be..and it serves them right.

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fatredneckDec. 19, 13 4:23 PM

absolutely johns860, I agree with you.... violence begets violence, the man is probably disadvantaged and is mrely acting out because of hoplessness...he is in fact owed something from those people....why should they have so much and him so little? Those people should be in fact the ones apologizing for being there for him to steal from.....good thing he wasn't hurt otherwise they should be compelled to pay for his hospital bill...well now that we have Obamacare they would be..and it serves them right.

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actualreaderDec. 19, 13 6:48 PM

You know, I've always thought this was possible. One guy, one gun, a whole bunch of people -- there's got to be a way to get hold of him. A few of the heroes: the passengers who hung onto whatever portion of Richard Reid (the "shoe bomber") they could reach until the plane landed -- especially the one who immobilized his head by holding his skanky hair for the rest of the flight.

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