Student assaulted on MetroLink pleads for more security

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – An University of Missouri-St. Louis student says she was assaulted on Metro Monday morning. She called You Paid For It Investigator Elliott Davis.

The UMSL student says she was assaulted after she got on the MetroLink at the Forest Park DeBaliviere Station on the way to school Monday morning.

She makes a plea for more security.

Melissa Godat called You Paid For It investigator Elliott Davis whose been doing an ongoing investigation of holes in the MetroLink security setup.

She says a fellow passenger shoved her face against the door while another passenger egged her on while threatening her as well.

She told Elliott Davis there were no police officers or security guards around.

We told you in our investigation that Metro can't set up its own transit police force like some other larger cities. It has to contract with local police departments that have no incentive to change the current setup.

Metro paid local police departments a total of $3.6 million dollars for 42 officers, at an average of more than $75,000 per officer. But Metro has no control over the officers who report to their respective departments and not Metro.

Metro says the various jurisdictions don't even provide documentation for where the officers are.

So Metro has to rely on a lot of security guards that can't arrest anyone.

Melissa Godat says she didn't see security guards or police officers when she ran into trouble on the train.