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Quick Thinking by Passenger, Driver, Lead to Arrest of Convicted Felon

March 5, 2010

DANIEL ORLANDO HAYES, 31, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District court in Seattle to 100 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. HAYES was arrested in Bellevue on July 6, 2009, armed with 9mm semi-automatic pistol, after a bus driver alerted police that HAYES was threatening passengers on his bus. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones told HAYES, “Your conduct appears to be escalating in violence.... You can make some profound changes and break that cycle of violence.”

According to records in the case, the incident began when HAYES and another man were waiting at a bus stop. HAYES asked the man about his shoe size, then pulled out a gun, pointed it at the man and said he could make the man “do cartwheels.” When the bus arrived, the man mouthed to the driver that the passenger behind him (HAYES) had a gun. HAYES followed the man onto the bus, and started hassling another rider. When that bus rider moved, HAYES pulled up his shirt and showed off the gun. The bus driver faked a mechanical problem with the bus and pulled to the side of the road in downtown Bellevue. Police arrived and safely took HAYES into custody. The 15 passengers on the bus were not harmed.

HAYES is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of previous felony convictions for Assault in King County Superior Court in 2005 and 2006. The gun had been reported stolen to the Kent Police Department in Kent, Washington. HAYES pleaded guilty in federal court on December 16, 2009.

HAYES was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level -- in this case, in King County-- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the Bellevue Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Colasurdo. Mr. Colasurdo is a Deputy King County Prosecutor specially designated to handle gun cases in federal court.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.

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