Man accused of throwing woman down light rail stairs now adds murder charges

Alexander Jay, 40, is now charged with first degree murder after he allegedly committed two assaults, one by throwing a woman down the stairs of a light rail station and the other by stabbing another woman at a stop of bus.

In the first assault case, the King County Prosecutor’s Office (KCPO) said surveillance video showed Jay throwing the victim several times down a flight of stairs. The victim suffered three broken ribs and a broken collarbone.

The incident happened at the South Jackson Street and 5th Avenue streetcar station in the International District around 11:40 a.m. and footage can be seen of Jay allegedly grabbing the woman by the hood of her coat and l would have thrown down the stairs several times.

Jay has no known connection to any of the victims, according to KCPO.

“The man who assaulted her was in the same car with her on the light rail, 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.

After the attack, police said they had footage from a King County subway bus showing Jay leaving the station and walking to a bus stop at the intersection of 12e South Avenue and South Jackson Street.

The victim described how a man, whom they were later able to identify as Jay, came up behind them while they were distracted and stabbed her repeatedly in the neck, shoulders and back. The woman was stabbed 8 to 10 times, before her attacker left.

According to court documents, Jay has a criminal record dating back to 2000. His recent charges include home burglary, assault, attempted assault and domestic violence. In total, Jay has had seven cases in King County over the past five years.

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 warrant from the Department of Corrections and faced arraignment on March 24.

Now Jay has been linked to a murder that happened around 12:26 a.m. on March 3 and is also facing trial on those charges.

Police detail how the body of Brent Wood, 32, was reported to be lying face down on the pavement of E Olive Way, according to the charging documents. The person who called the police described seeing blood flowing onto the pavement from the victim’s head.

Police recovered a piece of rebar near the scene which they believe killed Wood via blunt force trauma to the back of the head.

Prosecutors believed they could link Jay to the murder by using security footage that showed a man with a similar build, gait and clothing in the area where the murder occurred.

Jay is due to be arraigned in the murder case at 8:30 a.m. on August 29 at the King County Courthouse.

Jose P. Rogers