A prolific offender has been charged with an alleged brutal assault on a 62-year-old nurse as she exited a Seattle light rail station. Police say the suspect is homeless.

Alexander Jay, 40, is charged with second degree assault. The King County Prosecutor’s Office (KCPO) said surveillance video shows Jay throwing the victim down a flight of stairs several times. The victim suffered three broken ribs and a broken collarbone.

The media does not mention that the accused is homeless. And even if it mattered at the time, the Seattle Times retained the race of the suspect.

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Assault filmed on surveillance footage

Surveillance footage is hard to watch. This is brutal aggression.

The victim is seen climbing the stairs, exiting Union Station just before noon on March 2. The suspect in the footage, identified as Jay by KCPO, is seen walking up the escalator to meet the victim at the top of the stairwell.

Jay, looking calm and poised, approaches the victim. He grabs her, drags her to the stairwell and throws her downstairs. The victim falls head over feet about a quarter of the way down the stairs. She violently hits her head and back before stopping on the first landing of the stairwell.

Jay then trots down the stairwell, picks her up and throws her down the stairs again. The victim grabs the guardrail on the way down and stops himself from tumbling down to the next landing in the long stairwell. Jay pursues her again. He tries to pick her up and throw her down the rest of the stairs as the victim clings to the railing. He appears to be stomping hard on the woman as he tries to break her grip on the railing.

Jay soon gives up and casually walks up the stairs and leaves. Two passers-by, who seem homeless, watch and do nothing as they walk away. The victim finds it difficult to walk away to ask for help. Security arrives to help, but Jay boards a bus and escapes.

Alexander Jay was arrested the next day

Police say the assault was unprovoked. The victim underwent surgery to “plate” the collarbone, according to the police.

Fortunately, however, the victim took a good look at Jay.

“The man who assaulted her was in the same light rail car as her, facing her,” a detective wrote in the probable cause certificate. “She was standing and he was sitting. They had no interaction or confrontation. He kept lowering his mask while on the light rail, and she could see his face just fine. The cross [tattoo] on his face stood out to her, and she recognized him as the same man who assaulted her later.

Thanks to the surveillance, the Seattle police were able to find Jay. They made an arrest the next day about half a mile from the scene of the assault. He was booked on a Department of Corrections warrant and faces arraignment on March 24.

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Alexander Jay has a long criminal history

Jay has multiple convictions, according to the KCPO. They come from Washington and California.

“There have been seven cases involving Mr. Jay that have been referred to the King County District Attorney’s Office over the past five years,” a KCPO spokesperson said. “We have obtained convictions in five of these cases, one is the current case, and the last case was then sent to be filed in municipal court.”

Among his many crimes, Jay has seen at least 22 convictions. They include domestic violence, first degree robbery, trafficking in stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance. His most recent conviction was for a 2021 residential burglary in Bellevue.

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Seattle Times restrained Jay’s race

Prior to Jay’s arrest, the SPD issued a public alert on its online blog.

“The woman described the suspect as a black male, approximately 30 years old, 6ft tall, thin, wearing a gray sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, dirty white tennis shoes and a dark gray puffy jacket. opened. He also had a distinctive cross tattoo on his left cheek,” police said. wrote.

Using the blog as a source, the Seattle Times published an article about 90 minutes later. They describe the suspect but omit his race.

“The 62-year-old woman described the suspect as 6 feet tall with a slim build and appeared to be in her 30s, police said. He had a cross tattooed on his left cheek, she said,” Daisy Zavala reported.

The race of the suspect is not directly related to the crime. There is no evidence that he attacked his victim because she was white.

But the awakened, obsessed with running Seattle Times made a curious decision to exclude the suspect’s race while at large. The detail was relevant in the context of being used to help locate him.

Seattle outlets skip the homeless part

Jay’s arrest was covered by KIRO 7 and the Tri-City Herald. Neither outlet notes that police say Jay is homeless.

Is Jay’s status as homeless relevant to the story? Absoutely. Activists and politicians continue to claim that Seattle’s homeless population is not dangerous; that they’re like you or me, one paycheck away from a life on the streets.

I obviously don’t know why these two outlets ignored the important detail. Maybe they investigated and discovered that the police had made a mistake in the designation of homeless? If so, maybe they should point it out. Maybe it was just an oversight – they missed the detail from the police report. It happens.

But too often, in general, journalists and editors on the left think that if they call a criminal homeless, that will somehow define the entire homeless population. shelter. It is a ridiculous position fueled by ideology, prejudice and ignorance.

It’s part of the story

Do members of the media retain a profession when an officer is involved in a shooting? No. They lean in as some, ironically, actively try to formulate a narrative that all cops are violent, dangerous and racist.

Although the majority of homeless people are not violent criminals, a good portion of them are. Many are also prolific criminals with lengthy criminal records. Others are drug addicts or mentally ill, both of whom may be the cause of some of the violence we see. These facts should inform how the city handles the issues. It should also guide the rest of us on how to be more aware of our surroundings when walking around the city.

Living in an echo chamber might blind some members of the Seattle reality media. As a reminder: we have both a prolific offender problem and a homelessness crisis in Seattle. When they intersect, it’s important to point it out, especially if you’re hoping to resolve the issue.

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