A man's tongue was nearly severed in half when a fellow bus passenger kicked him in the head on a Metro Transit bus in November.
Jeremiah T. Hudson, 31, was charged Monday in Ramsey County District Court with third-degree assault for allegedly kicking the victim on Nov. 30, 2013. Hudson kicked the victim in the face after the victim tried to make change for a woman who was with Hudson.
According to the complaint, surveillance video obtained from the bus gave this account of the incident: Hudson boarded a Metro Transit bus about 10:13 p.m. that night at University and Milton avenues. He was accompanied by a woman and a child. The woman asked passengers if anyone had change for a dollar. Hudson paid his fare with an electronic card.
A man sitting near the front of the bus began looking for change. Hudson, the woman and the child sat together near the front.
"[The man] approached them to make change for the female," the complaint said. "The defendant told [the man] they did not need change and said, 'Bye, bye, bye,' to him and waved him off."
The man stood in the aisle, and Hudson stood up and began taunting him without any provocation, charges said.
"Smile again bro ... get the [expletive] out of my [expletive] face, man," Hudson yelled at the man.
The man sat back down, but Hudson continued his "rant," according to the complaint. The man shook his head.
"The defendant then walked up and said, 'I have no time for that. Don't [expletive] look at me, don't look at my girl. I'll kick you in you [expletive] jaw!' " the charges said.
Hudson kicked the man in his face, causing his head to "violently" snap backward into the bus window, according to bus surveillance video.
"Why did you do that!" the woman with Hudson yelled.
Hudson fled out an emergency exit.
The man's tongue was nearly severed in half, according to the complaint, which did not provide an update on his recovery.
Hudson was convicted last June of disorderly conduct. Court records in that case show that he was "yelling, screaming, swearing in the middle of courtyard saying he wanted to kill someone for messing with his family (for two hours), walking and disrupting numerous neighbors." He was sentenced to one year of probation in that incident.
Hudson has a long criminal history that also includes convictions for domestic abuse and criminal damage to property.
Chao Xiong -- 612-270-4708
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