A bus robbery was prevented not by police, but by a band of brave bus riders working together recently, and the video already circulating on the Web revealing the incident was just released today. In mid November, a 19-year-old and recent high school graduate by the name of Trevonnte Brown tried to rob a Seattle bus’ passengers, holding them at gunpoint, but the riders managed to take the thief down using both brute force and teamwork. ECanadaNow describes what happened in this attempted public transportation theft this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
The bus robbery occurred exactly one month ago today on an evening bus ride in Seattle, Washington. The 19-year-old man in the video was wearing a hoodie to hide his identity, and suddenly raised a gun at passengers, ordering them to give him money. After successfully robbing one woman and attempting to take from another, the thief faced something he didn’t expect: brave bus riders that decided to fight back and take him down.
In the middle of holding up one of the passengers, the male passenger suddenly lunged at the man, attempting to wrestle the gun away from Brown. Other passengers, as seen in the hit video, quickly assisted the man, helping hold Brown on the bus floor until law enforcement officials arrived on the scene to handcuff the thief in the attempted bus robbery and take him away.
New details on the suspect have been made known to the public this week following recent court sessions on the matter:
“Trevonnte Brown is a 19-year-old recent high school graduate, with no previous criminal history. Brown has pleaded not guilty, and if he is convicted could potentially spend more than fifteen years behind bars. A video of Brown being thwarted by the bus passengers was released against his lawyers wishes. The judge ruled that the video was allowed to be released, saying the public had a right to see it. The teenager is being order to be held in lieu of a $350,000 bail. His final trial is expected to take place soon, though no specific date has been provided.”
Although no official witness reports are yet available from the brave bus riders caught on the video now circulating the Web, no doubt these passengers are grateful no serious violence occurred and that justice will be served against their attempted assailant.