FROM STL TODAY: ST. LOUIS • A 43-year-old man who was riding a MetroLink train Monday night was attacked by several men after one of them asked him about the Michael Brown “situation,” police said.
A video posted to Facebook appears to show the attack, and MetroLink released surveillance images of suspects.
Police said the victim, who is white, was punched and kicked by three black men, one of whom had made the reference to the teen killed in Ferguson by a police officer Aug. 9.
The assault took place about 8:54 p.m. as the eastbound train was nearing the Forest Park Metrolink platform, police said. The victim told police he was seated when the three men approached him from behind.
One of the men, who was 20 to 25 years old and wearing a red T-shirt, asked the victim if he could use his cellphone, and the victim said no.
The man then asked the victim “what he thought about the Mike Brown situation.” The victim responded that he hadn’t thought much about it, according to the police report.
The man in the red shirt then punched the victim in the face and struck him multiple times, police said.
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The victim was unsure if the other two men had joined in, but video surveillance of the incident confirmed that they had, police said. They are both described as black men between 18 and 22 years old age. Police did not give a further description.
A security officer working on his post at the Forest Park Metrolink platform observed the assault as the eastbound train pulled to the platform and stopped. As the security officer boarded the train, the attackers ran off the train and ran out of sight.
The security officer notified the Metro dispatcher of the incident. Police were contacted by the Metro dispatcher and met the victim at the next station.
The victim complained of pain to his face. The man had a cut on his nose and bruising on his face and forehead, but he declined medical attention on the scene.
The investigation is ongoing.