A homeless Seattle man accused in two stabbings aboard a Metro bus has been charged with assault.
King County prosecutors claim Alphonse L. Hope, 38, attacked a man without provocation after dousing several people with beer aboard the bus. The other man was traveling with his mother and children when Hope, a convicted rapist, is alleged to have attacked him Sunday afternoon.
Writing the court, a Seattle detective said Hope threatened to beat up the man after he apologized, then threw a full beer at the man as he exited the bus. The beer can burst, showering several passengers.
At 2:45 p.m., the bus was approaching the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street when the alleged victim told his mother they would be getting off at the next stop. As the man passed Hope’s girlfriend, she told Hope the alleged victim was “starting” trouble.