King County prosecutors charged a 40-year-old man with first-degree assault on Friday, accusing him of randomly stabbing a woman at a bus stop in Seattle’s Little Saigon International District earlier this month , minutes after he allegedly threw another woman down the stairs at the International District/Chinatown light rail station.
The assaults occurred about 30 minutes apart on March 2.
Alexander Jay, also known as Jay Alexander, was arrested in Pioneer Square on March 3 on a warrant from the state Department of Corrections and was charged with second-degree assault a week later for the Assault on woman at light rail station, court records show.
Jailed in lieu of $150,000 in that case, Jay is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond in the first-degree assault case, for a total bail amount of $650,000, according to court records. prison and court.
Jay was supposed to be arraigned on Thursday for second-degree assault, but a Superior Court judge granted a motion by his defense attorney to have Jay undergo a competency assessment, delaying arraignment until April 11, according to records. He is due in court for first-degree assault on April 7, although that hearing may also continue until the assessment is completed, said Casey McNerthney, a spokesman for the prosecutor.
Court records show Jay has numerous criminal convictions in Washington and California. Both assaults were captured on CCTV cameras.
The charging documents in the two assault cases provide a timeline of how events unfolded:
Seattle police responded to a report of an assault at the International District/Chinatown station on Fifth Avenue and South Jackson Street at 11:39 a.m. that morning, and during the investigation learned that 62-year-old woman was on her way to work and had traveled on the same streetcar as her attacker. They had no interaction on the train, but the woman noticed the man had a cross inked unprofessionally on his cheekbone, according to the charges.
The woman got off the train at the International District / Chinatown station and was at the top of the stairs leading to the street when the same man grabbed her and threw her down the stairs, followed her down and l threw a second time, charging the newspapers say. The woman fought back and was kicked in the face before a security guard came to her aid and her attacker ran back up the stairs.
The woman suffered three broken ribs and a broken collarbone, according to charges in the second-degree assault case.
CCTV footage showed the man boarded a bus at Fifth and Jackson at 11:35 a.m. and got off the bus at 12th Avenue and South Jackson Street four minutes later, according to charges filed Friday.
A shopkeeper later told police he confronted a man with tattooed crosses on his face outside his business, and the man said he was looking for a knife, the charges allege. The man pulled a pipe out of a van but the shopkeeper was able to retrieve it and the man walked south on 12th Avenue.
At 11:48 a.m., a 29-year-old woman was seen hanging out in a bus shelter on the west side of 12th Avenue between South Jackson and South King streets, which charges say is a known area of activity criminal. As a bus pulled up to the stop, a man approached the woman from behind and began stabbing her without warning, the charges allege.
The woman suffered 10 stab wounds to the neck, chest, back and arms, according to the charges. Cameras on the bus captured the stab wounds and showed that after the attack the man had crossed 12th Avenue and disappeared around the corner.
A person who witnessed the stabbing also described the assailant as having crosses tattooed on his face, according to the charges.