Posted on March 16, 2022

Prolific Offender Accused in Brutal Assault

Jason Rantz, KTTH, March 13, 2022

A prolific offender was charged for an alleged brutal assault against a 62-year-old nurse walking out of 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) says surveillance video shows Jay throwing the victim down a flight of stairs multiple times. The victim suffered three broken ribs and a broken clavicle.

The media doesn’t mention the accused is homeless. And even though it mattered at the time, the Seattle Times withheld the suspect’s race.


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


Jay has a number of 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 Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in the last five years,” a KCPO spokesperson said. {snip}

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


Before Jay was arrested, SPD put out a public alert on their online blog.

“The woman described the suspect as a Black male, approximately 30 years old, 6 feet tall, thin build, wearing a grey sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, dirty white tennis shoes, and a dark grey or green puffy jacket. He also had a distinctive cross tattoo on his left cheek,” the police wrote.

Using the blog as their source, the Seattle Times published a piece about 90 minutes later. They describe the suspect but leave out his race.

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

The suspect’s race isn’t directly relevant to the crime. There’s no suggestion he attacked his victim for being white.

But the woke, race-obsessed Seattle Times made a curious decision to exclude the suspect’s race when he was out on the loose. The detail was relevant in the context of being used to help locate him.