A 31-year-old St. Paul man is facing a felony charge of third-degree assault after he allegedly kicked another passenger in the face on a Metro Transit bus, nearly severing the man's tongue.
According to the criminal complaint, Metro Transit police officers were dispatched at 10:22 p.m. on Nov. 30. Investigators reviewed the video of the incident, which prosecutors claim shows Jeremiah Tyrunn Hudson ranting and threatening a man who offered change to a woman he was traveling with.
Hudson was seen boarding about 10 minutes before the assault was reported, entering from the stop at University and Milton avenues with a woman and child. The woman asked if anyone had change for a dollar, and Hudson used a card to pay electronically.
A man near the front of the bus spent a few minutes looking for change while Hudson, the woman and child sat together nearby. When the man approached them to offer the change, Hudson reportedly said they did not need it, waving him off and saying, "bye, bye, bye."
While the man was standing in the aisle, Hudson stood and began to taunt and threaten him "without any apparent provocation," the criminal complaint reads.
"Smile again bro… Get the f--- out of my f---ing face man," Hudson is quoted as saying in the court documents.
When the man returned to his seat, Hudson allegedly got up and began to rant. When the man shook his head in disbelief, Hudson reportedly said, "I have no time for that. Don't f---ing look at me, don't look at my girl. I'll kick you in your f---ing jaw."
Charging documents accuse Hudson of walking up to the man and violently kicking him in the face with his right foot, and explains that he was wearing boots at the time. The force of the blow snapped the victim's head backward into the window, according to the complaint.
Responding officers noted that the victim sustained a significant injury to his tongue as a result, describing it as nearly severed.
Officers arrested Hudson on Jan. 10, and said he declined to give a statement without an attorney present in his post-Miranda interview. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
Hudson remains in custody on a $30,000 bail. If he is able to post that sum, he will be under a no-contact order with the victim. He has entered a not guilty plea.
As for his criminal history, prosecutors say Hudson was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge in 2013. Fox 9 News also found a conviction summary that includes a DWI in 2006 and three domestic abuse convictions related to violating a no-contact order and violating an order for protection between Sept. 14, 2010 and June 28, 2011.