Five teens are facing charges for a brutal attack on a pregnant woman and her boyfriend on a Metro bus in downtown Seattle last month.
According to documents from the King County Sheriff’s office, the pregnant woman and her boyfriend got on the #358 bus at 3rd and Madison at about 6:40pm on November 19th, and sat down in the back of the bus.
The couple was sharing a pair of headphones, listening to an mp3 player, when a group of teens—two 16-year-olds, a 15-year-old, 17-year-old, and 19-year-old—got on the bus near Westlake.
One of the 16-year-olds approached the man in the back of the bus and accused him of taking her cellphone in a previous incident.
As the man argued with the teen—he denied taking her phone, according to police records—the second 16-year-old girl the walked up to the pregnant woman, grabbed the woman’s mp3 player and tried to take her headphones.
As the woman struggled with then teen, several of the other girls attacked her, striking the pregnant woman in the head and face, police records say.
When the man tried to get in between the teens and his girlfriend, the teens attacked him, kicking him in the head, torso, and jaw.
The teen girls then went through the victims’ pockets, and continued their assault, gashing the woman’s face above her left eye.
“During the assaults, other passengers were yelling for the driver to stop,” police records say.
The man tried to get the teens to stop attacking his girlfriend, and told them she was three-months pregnant.
One of the teens replied “that they weren’t hitting her stomach, just her face,” police records say.
The Metro driver finally stopped the bus, and the man and woman were able to get away from the teens and tell the driver what had happened.
As the driver called in the incident, the group of teens exited the bus and got on another #358.
Police later arrested the teens at 85th and Aurora.
The female victim received six stitches to close the wound above her eye.
According to police records, a bus security camera captured the entire incident.
In the video of the incident, the suspects “are seen laughing during the course of the assaults and even joke about how they did not get any money from the victims,” police records say.
One of the teens was caught on tape “complaining that she broke her nail” assaulting the victims.
While prosecutors have filed robbery cases against the four juveniles, the 19-year-old suspect has not yet been charged, and she was released from the King County Jail on December 11th.