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Safety questioned after crime allegations along MetroLink stops

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Prosecutors charged Montez Haines for his alleged role in grabbing and groping a 14-year-old girl at the Union Station MetroLink stop Prosecutors charged Montez Haines for his alleged role in grabbing and groping a 14-year-old girl at the Union Station MetroLink stop

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Serious crime allegations along MetroLink stops have many people questioning the safety of the system.

Prosecutors charged Montez Haines for his alleged role in grabbing and groping a 14-year-old girl at the Union Station MetroLink stop. Authorities said they went several blocks to an alley and that’s where Haines allegedly molested the teen between 6:35 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. on Saturday.

Other crime at various MetroLink stops in just three days include mugging and a shooting. MetroLink is four months into its ramped-up security, which includes better cameras and more officers.

“I think the way to defeat crime is to have a lot of visibility and have patrols constantly moving around. It's almost like a game of cat and mouse,” says Richard Zott, the Public Safety Chief for Metro. 

When it comes to passengers, they have mixed feelings on the security in place. 

“People snatching purses, snatching phones, selling weed. All types of stuff on there,” says passenger Vernon Bruce. 

Passenger Terry Bellman has a different take. He says security is pretty good.

“A lot more security to keep the rift-raft down,” says Bellman.

MetroLink is also taking into consideration what passengers have to say. 

"We are also focusing on customer feedback more. Where customers feel that they see something suspicious we put an officer there,” says Zott.   

“It would be nice to see more security officers for sure. It is hard being a young female out here for sure,” says Jodi Kepto, a MetroLink rider.

"They say they have security, they don't," said Lisa Flemming, another passenger. "I don't think they do. Out of the 14 years, maybe 10 times I've been checked for my bus pass."

If you see something suspicious while on or near the MetroLink, report it by calling 911 or 1-800-371-5465 

For more tips, visit this Metro’s website.

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