ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - New fears for light rail riders after three young people are robbed at gunpoint near St. Louis MetroLink stops. St. Louis Police say they're boosting patrols near stations in the city. Police say a teenage girl, a teenage boy, and a 21-year-old woman were robbed about 90 minutes apart in the Delmar Loop and Forest Park.
St. Louis County Police announced a plan to double its force on MetroLink trains and platforms five months ago. Riders have taken notice.
"You always see uniformed officers. Even MetroLink hired some new officers, security guards. Then they've got the plain clothes officers. You always see them on the train." said Mike Washington. "It's a lot of them. So, I don't see how all this stuff keeps happening."
Police say a MetroLink rider had a gun put to her head at around 9pm Thursday. The robbery happened about a block from the Delmar station. She just got off a train and two suspects took her purse and book bag. About 90 minutes later, police say three suspects robbed two teenagers of a purse, cash, and cell-phones, at gunpoint. The teens were waiting for a bus at the Forest Park MetroLink Station.
There was hardly a heavy security presence at the Delmar station Friday. Riders seem more concerned about the areas surrounding the stations and what happens when they get off your train.
A Metro spokeswoman says that since these crimes did not happen on the trains or platforms, they are police issues. Metro encourages riders to always be aware of their surroundings. Police are checking surveillance cameras to see if they caught anything. No one was hurt.