ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – An increase in violent attacks in the Delmar Loop has residents on edge.
The feeling of uneasiness comes at a time in which police are reporting issues of teenagers coming into The Loop and committing crimes.
“I've come to Delmar Loop since I was a kid and this is just unheard of, where's the control?” asked longtime resident Larry Bastain.
Bastain's son was recently the victim of a brutal beating on the east end of The Loop.
“We were just having a nice, cool time and out of nowhere these young guys attacked us for no reason,” explained 18-year-old Jordan, who said he and his friend were attacked on January 19 by a group of more than a dozen other teens.
The manager at a nearby Circle K gas station saw the attack and helped the teens call 911.
“I had to get stitches, I was all scratched up,” said Jordan.
Police told News 4 the problem is teenagers coming to The Loop to fight other teens.
Jordan says he didn’t know his attackers or why they would do this.
“I honestly don’t know, I don’t know what the amusement is seeing people get beaten,” he said.
The same day the teens were attacked, a 25-year-old man was shot at the Delmar MetroLink station.
And in late December, police say two men approached a 19-year-old in her car and demanded her money, phone and laptop.
Police released surveillance images of the two men in the attack of the 19-year-old, but the manager of the Circle K gas station said they’re still waiting for police to come pick up the surveillance video of the incident where the two teens were attacked last week.
Even though police are not currently connecting the incidents, residents say it speaks to a larger issue.
“This is just unheard of. For fun? For a robbery? For a little bit of change? Come on guys, wake up,” Bastain said.
University City police say they have not experienced similar crimes in other parts of the Delmar Loop.