Police in Belleville say a group of four to five men pushed down another man as a bought a ticket at a MetroLink stop. Police got the call at 11:42 p.m. from the College Station stop on Carlyle (next to Southwestern Illinois College). The victim suffered scratches, but was not hospitalized - according to police.
The last westbound train leaves that station at 12:31 a.m. and the last eastbound train departs at 12:16 a.m.
The victim, a man in his 20s, told officers he was buying a ticket when someone hit him from behind. Once on the ground, the victim said the men hit him and took his backpack.
Security cameras are in use at the stop (I saw a couple on the platform and one in the parking lot), but a Metro spokesperson said the attack did not occur within view of the cameras.
Metro says its security force stations officers at the highest-traffic stops while remaining officers patrol other stops. The College Station stop is not among the busiest - so security comes and goes.
Metro says that during the last fiscal year, the agency budgeted $9.6 million for security. This year, Metro is spending $9.7 million on security.
Last year, there were a handful of robberies at metro-east stops: www.kmov.com/archive/68949362.html
In April, a woman was arrested after trying to demand money or cigarettes from another woman at an East St. Louis stop. The women threw hot coffee at the suspect. A sheriff's deputy was nearby and arrested the suspect.
Belleville Police do not recall any other robberies at the College Station stop.
No arrests have been made in this case. Police are working with a vague description of the robbers and their car: a dark (possibly green) SUV.