News King County Files Hate Crime Charges Against Man Who Assaulted Blind Woman on Bus
posted by June 12 at 16:27 PMon
The King County Prosecutor’s office has filed malicious harassment charges against a man who attacked a blind woman on a Metro bus. Last month, David Schmader wrote about the incident in Last Days and on Slog:
SUNDAY, MAY 18 The week ends with an extraordinary tale of “religion gone bad and valiant community spirit” from that inexhaustible forum for freakery known as King County Metro, reported by heroic Hot Tipper Oscar. “I was riding the 18 headed downtown, when out of the corner of my eye I saw some movement. When I turned to look, I saw a man repeatedly hitting a blind woman seated at the front of the bus. An older gentleman seated next to the woman jumped up and tried to intervene, but a quick punch to the head knocked him back down into his seat. Once I realized that what I was seeing was real, I rushed the assailant and grabbed him by the arms while he yelled at me to ‘keep out of this. You got no idea what’s really happening here’ and the woman cowered and covered her head. He kept screaming about ‘being filled with the power of God’ and threatening to kill me for stopping him from doing God’s work. Three other passengers helped me hold him while another rider called 911. Another passenger was assisting the assaulted woman, who’d been hit so hard she was bleeding. The police arrived and apprehended the attacker, then took all of our names. While one young lady was telling her story, I heard her say that when the assailant got on the bus he saw the blind woman and said, ‘God says all sick people must die,’ then started hitting her. [Confidential to the psychotic assailant: Blind people aren’t sick, and all people must die. Back to Oscar:] The assaulted woman was checked by paramedics and declared physically okay, except for scratches and bruising, then got a ride home from a fire marshal. Thanks to all my fellow Metro riders who pitched in and stood up for someone unable to defend herself.”
According to court records, Nguy Lamont Hughs, 34, got on the bus, turned to the blind woman and said “the sick must die.” Records say Hughs “savagely beat” the woman, punching her 6-8 times.
A man sitting next to the woman stood up and said, “You don’t hit a blind woman,” to which Hughs responded, “God told me to kill her, don’t get in my way or I’ll have to punish you.”
The man then started punching Hughs, and other passengers helped restrain him until police arrived. The entire incident was captured on video.
Court records indicate Hughs has been arrested four times since July 2007—for theft, criminal trespass, property destruction and assault—but has not been charged.
Hughs is undergoing psychiatric evaluation at Western State Hospital.