Police: Bus rider harasses, tries to rob girls

SEATTLE -- Between crowded buses, service cuts and our rainy weather, taking public transportation in Seattle doesn't need any help being a soul-crushing experience. That's why people like this suspected would-be robber are so unwelcome.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report from the incident, two girls were riding the Route 36 bus shortly after 1:15 p.m. Feb. 27 in Holly Park when a man at the back of the bus started making loud comments at them.

When one of the girls turned around to look at the man, he reportedly started cursing at her and her friend.

The girls decided to get off at South Myrtle Place and 32nd Avenue South -- a stop early -- in order to get away from the man. But, he followed them off the bus, according to the report.

The man reportedly pushed one of the girls into the corner of the bus-stop shelter, grabbed onto her jacket and tried to take the cellphone out of her hand.

The girl was able to get free, and she and her friend ran across the street.

According to the report, the man was about to chase them when a woman who had witnessed the attempted robbery from her parked car got out to help the girls.

When the man saw the woman, he gave up on the chase and left on another Metro bus, according to the report.

Officers arrived and were unable to find the man.