2 charged after MetroLink assault, robbery - KMOV.com

2 charged after MetroLink assault, robbery

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Demond Wilson, 19, and Jesse Boone, 21, are charged with robbery 2nd. Demond Wilson, 19, and Jesse Boone, 21, are charged with robbery 2nd.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Two people were charged in St. Louis after a December, 2015 assault and robbery on a MetroLink train.

The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on December 11 at the St. Charles Rock Road stop. Police said at the time of the incident that four men wearing ski masks on their heads boarded the train and sat down next to passenger Mark Paffrath. Two of the suspects, identified Friday as Jesse Boone and Demond Wilson then assaulted Paffrath and rummaged through his pockets and wallet, according to police.

Wilson, 19, and Boone, 21, are charged with robbery 2nd.

“They pulled down their hoods and the guy in front seat tells them ‘Get him,’” said Paffrath the day after the attack. “As soon as that happens, I got some guy choking me and another punching me in the eye. Two other reached in my pockets.”

“I was in shock. I felt almost paralyzed. Here I got one guy holding me down and choking me and another hitting me in my left eye,” he said. “And two other guys robbing me. I felt paralyzed and helpless.”

The train stopped at the Delmar platform and the men ran off. Paffrath's wallet was recovered on the train, but his cash and identification were missing. 

Officials with MetroLink issued a statement saying: "The safety of our passengers and employees remains our top priority and we will continue to take measures with the assistance of our law enforcement partners to ensure the safety of the public and the Metro Transit System." 

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