Caught on Camera: Bus passengers attack armed robber

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Seattle, Washington (CBS NEWS) -- A 19-year-old on an armed robbery spree on a Seattle bus met his match when one of the people he tried to rob fought back prompting other passengers to help disarm the man.

The Nov. 25 robbery on the Rapid Ride C bus lasted 18 seconds, the takedown only 10, and all of it was caught on camera.

Police say Travonnte Brown, seen in surveillance video sitting in a black coat with the hood up and a nylon mask on his face, rode from downtown Seattle to West Seattle and then made his move.

Brown pulled out a handgun on one woman who didn't even notice him until the gun was in his face. He then grabbed her phone and moved toward the front of the crowded bus to his next victim.

"He stuck the gun up against my head and said give me your phone and I kind of jerked away at first. I think he considered that a struggle and told me not to make it any harder than it had to be," said one bus robbery victim who did not want to be identified.

Brown's next target had on his headphones and didn't realize two other passengers had already been robbed.

When the gun was less than a foot from his head, he grabbed it, and then wrestled Brown to the ground as other passengers piled on.

In court on Monday, prosecutors revealed Brown had done this before -- he grabbed a phone at a Beacon Hill bus stop nine days before these robberies aboard the bus.

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