Seattle bus passengers take down armed robber

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Seattle bus passengers take down armed robber

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by JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 1:03 PM

SEATTLE -- Prosecutors released video Wednesday of a confrontation on a Metro Transit bus between a gun-wielding robber and a rider.  The images show the man reacting quickly when face-to-face with the pistol, then pulling the gun from the suspect's hand.

That suspect, 19-year-old Trevonnte Brown, is charged with two counts of first degree robbery and one count of attempted first degree robbery.

As the bus wound through West Seattle November 25th, video shows Brown getting on and robbing at least one woman, flashing a gun in her face and taking her cell phone quietly.

Video then shows Brown approaching a man talking on his own cell phone. As soon as the man sees the firearm, he grabs it, jumps up, rips the gun from the suspects hand and begins throwing punches.

Other riders then help tackle the robber while yelling for police.  Roughly five minutes after Brown is subdued by three men, Seattle police arrive.

As the group disperses, overheard on the video a witness refers to the quick-thinking rider as a "hero", adding, "nice work, fella."

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