Police: Man hit by bus during random attack on woman

SEATTLE -- Not even being hit by a bus and having to fight off a crowd of people could stop a man from attacking a random woman early last Saturday in downtown Seattle, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the suspect approached the victim shortly before 1:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Third Avenue and started yelling at her for apparently no reason.

The suspect punched the victim in the face, knocking her to the ground, and then kicked her more than a dozen times until a number of citizens jumped in to stop him, according to the report.

The suspect was reportedly attempting to fight the victim's rescuers when he darted in front of a King County Metro bus. The driver was able to brake quickly but not before the bus had a "minor impact" with the suspect, knocking him over.

According to the report, the suspect quickly got up and resumed his fight with the crowd of people around him.

When one of the citizens pulled a knife, the suspect retreated, spotting his original victim in the crowd. According to the report, the suspect sneaked up behind the victim and hit her in the head with his belt.

The victim fell to the ground, and the suspect reportedly hit her a second time with the belt before leaving the area.

Officers arrived and arrested the suspect a few blocks away. The suspect, who officers say appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.