An 18-year-old man was sentenced Friday for his role in robbing and assaulting a man on a MetroLink platform in Feb. 2017.
Morton Williams was sentenced to serve a total of 12 years in prison -- nine years for robbery and three years for assault Connor O'Shay.
O'Shay says he was walking down the platform when he was targeted.
"Something just was fishy," O'Shay said. " I was able to break free and I had a knife [that] I pulled.
After this scary ordeal, O’Shay is calling for something to be done to protect transit riders.
“It’s not safe right now and it needs to become safer,” said O’Shay.
O’Shay said he thinks adding turnstiles and cameras at the entrances on the MetroLink would be a start to addressing crime would.
“One of the issues I feel like needs to be addressed is the open-air honor system with fares. I really feel it’s the solution to this while it’s not a complete solution, it’s at least a deterrence,” said O’Shay.
Metro Transit released the following statement:
Our top priority is the safety of our riders and operators. We continue to work with our law enforcement partners at the St. Louis County Police Department, the Metropolitan Police Department of St. Louis, and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department to protect and patrol the transit system. Additionally, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments has authorized a security audit that will look at public safety at MetroLink stations, and we look forward to working with their team to help identify any additional steps the region can take to ensure the safety and security of our riders.
O’Shay said the incident he experienced won’t deter him from using public transportation, but he hopes safety is soon addressed.
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