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December 2, 2010 3:32 PM
Posted by Jennifer Sullivan
A North Seattle man is in hot water after he allegedly became angry at a fellow bus rider, followed him home and then urinated on the man's porch. He then tried to steal the victim's computer bag and punched him, according to charges filed in King County Superior Court.
Andrei Strejac, 22, has been charged with attempted second-degree robbery in connection with the incident on the night of Nov. 17.
According to the charges, the victim encountered Strejac, who was with two other men, on King County Metro's route 16, which traveled from Belltown to North Seattle. As the victim was getting off the bus he brushed against one of the men, who took offense and snapped at the victim, charging paperwork said.
The victim said that the three men got off the bus with him and followed him home. When the victim set his bag down on the step to open the door, Strejac urinated on the man's porch and then grabbed the man's bag, charging paperwork said. The three men then walked away.
The victim said he followed the men and Strejac dropped the bag. But one of the other men began threatening to fight the victim. Strejac then punched the victim in the face, breaking the man's glasses, charges said.
Two of the men then started tossing the bag back and forth in the street. When the victim's roommate came outside, the men ran, dropping the bag when they saw that the victim was chasing them. The victim told police that Strejac stole his knit cap, charging papers said.
The other two men involved were not named by police. It's unclear whether they will be charged.
Strejac was arrested, but released by a judge on his own recognizance.