Broken jaw for law student attacked on light rail

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SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle University law student who says he tried to calm a dispute between a handful of men and a couple on a Seattle light-rail train says he has a broken jaw after one of the man punched him.

KING-TV reports (http://is.gd/0A27Wv ) that Daniel Villarreal and his girlfriend from Sweden were headed home from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Thursday night when he says five or six men boarded. A few of them were smoking.

Villarreal says he felt the men were being aggressive toward another passenger and his wife who had a baby and had asked the men not to smoke. The law student says the men turned on him when he tried to get them to calm down. Then came the punch.

The men left the train at the Columbia City station. Villarreal had to be taken away by ambulance.

He described the men to police and the King County sheriff’s office is reviewing surveillance video.

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Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/

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