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Originally published November 17, 2010 at 6:39 PM | Page modified November 18, 2010 at 9:44 AM

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Seattle bus video shows attack on passenger; suspect has 50 arrests

Simply for being on the wrong Seattle bus at the wrong time, a 55-year-old man was injured by a sucker punch from a ranting fellow passenger, a newly released video shows.

Simply for being on the wrong bus at the wrong time, A 55-year-old man was injured by a sucker punch from a ranting fellow passenger, a newly released video shows.

Raymel J. Curry, 32, was charged with second-degree assault after the Sept. 17 incident, which left the mentally disabled victim with a broken jaw and deep head cuts.

Video from on-bus cameras shows an attacker throwing a right-hook punch at the smaller victim from behind, just after they both stepped off the No. 7 King County Metro Transit bus on Rainier Avenue South, near Mount Baker Station. Curry is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, a police report says.

The victim crashed head first on the window ledge of an auto-parts store, then fell to the sidewalk, a prosecutor's statement says.

Several people walked past him onto the bus, and others peered out the bus window, the footage shows. Police reported that one witness did get off and stay with the victim, and the driver called 911. He required surgery and police said he may require more surgery.

Before the attack, the attacker yelled threats and profanities, including some directly at the victim. He then walked to a mid-bus overhead camera to declare, "I'll punch you, on camera."

Transit police arrested Curry a week later in Kent. He has been arrested at least 50 times.

A trial is scheduled for January. Prosecutors would seek a standard sentence of 7 to 8 years, and possibly a longer sentence, said Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff.

The video was released to Q-13 Fox television news Tuesday via that station's public-records request, and to other news outlets Wednesday, said Goodhew.

The #7 route is one of Seattle's busiest, and more crime-ridden lines. Recently, a 10-year-old accidentally shot himself in the arm during what authorities say was a botched armed robbery by three boys on a bus near Rainier Beach.

Metro spokeswoman Linda Thielke said crime is actually down for the first nine months of this year compared with the same period a year ago: Assaults on passengers dropped from 83 to 50 countywide, and assaults on drivers declined from 109 to 66, she said. Transit police patrols have increased, and officers have been suspending four to five people a day from Metro use for unruly conduct, Thielke said.

Mike Lindblom: 206-515-5631 or mlindblom@seattletimes.com

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