Woman pushed into bus downtown, juvenile suspect arrested

On May 26th, at approximately 3:00 PM, West Precinct officers responded to several 911 calls of a woman who had been struck by a Metro bus at 3rd Avenue and Seneca Street.  The initial calls stated that a woman had been struck by the bus, and then later updates on the call indicated that the woman may have been pushed into the bus.

Officers arrived at the scene and located the victim, a 50 year old female.  Witnesses told officers that several citizens were following the suspect who was walking away on 3rd Avenue.  Officers located and detained the 15 year old suspect at 3rd and Cherry.  During their investigation, officers learned that the victim and the suspect did not know each other, but that they did have a verbal argument at 3rd and Seneca.  That argument turned physical when the victim pushed the suspect.  The suspect retaliated by pushing the victim down into the street in the path of an oncoming bus.  The Metro bus was travelling at very low speed at the time.  The victim was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire and then transported to Harborview Medical Center for a hairline fracture to her hip.  The injury is not considered life-threatening.  It is not known what the argument was about.

The 15 year old suspect was positively identified by witnesses and taken into custody.  A records check indicated that he was a missing juvenile from King County.  He was later booked into the Youth Services Center for Investigation of Assault.  Detectives will now handle the follow up investigation.