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Washington state ordered to pay light-rail attack suspect $250 a day

Jun 10, 2022, 10:37 AM | Updated: 11:38 am

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The man charged in the random attack of a woman in a Seattle light rail station has been awarded $250 a day after the state was unable to provide court-ordered mental health treatment.

Alexander Jay was ordered to receive “competency restoration” services on April 15, after he was found incompetent to stand trial.

According to court documents, Jay was ordered to receive the services from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Jay was initially considered for treatment. However, the department determined that his admission to a facility was not appropriate due to the violent nature of the case.

The department then referred Jay to Western State Hospital, with an estimated admission date of August 15 to 19, 2022.

As a result, the defense argued to dismiss the case, saying Jay’s due process rights were being violated because of the state’s delay in providing competency restoration treatment.

King County argued that dismissal was not appropriate for this case and the judge should deny the defense motion to dismiss the case.

According to court documents, the court found that Jay’s due process rights were violated, but his motion to dismiss the case was denied.

The State of Department of Social and Health Services was then ordered to pay Jay $250 a day until he is admitted for restoration treatment, with the sanctions accruing from May 9.

Jay, 40, was charged with second-degree assault in the unprovoked and random attack of a woman at a Seattle rail station.

According to court documents, on March 2, a woman got off the light rail at the Chinatown-International District station in Seattle and walked up the stairs to exit the light rail tunnel.

At the top of the concrete stairs, Jay allegedly grabbed the woman and threw her down.

As she fell, she was followed down the stairs, where he was said to have grabbed her again and threw her further down the stairs.

The woman grabbed onto the stair railing to prevent being thrown further down the stairs again.

As Jay walked back up the stairs and left the station, a security guard came to the woman’s aid.

The attack was captured on the station’s security cameras.

The woman suffered three broken ribs and a broken clavicle in the attack.



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