Charges filed in MetroLink assault case

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - He was the victim of a beating and robbery on a MetroLink train in December. His face bloodied and bruised, his cash and driver’s license were taken.

St. Louis police and prosecutors have confirmed two men now face charges related to the attack.

But while Mark Paffrath is relieved over the news, he said the attack has forever changed the way he lives.

“I look over my shoulder. I’m not as trust worthy as I was,” Paffrath said. “I got beat up in a train full of people and nobody helped.”

Desmond Wilson and Jesse Boone, both 19, were charged with second-degree robbery and jailed on $45,000 cash-only bond.

Paffrath hopes the arrests send a message that MetroLink crimes will be punished, but he fears there will be future victims.

“I don’t think it will stop unless they get armed security on each train,” Paffrath said. “Then I believe it will.”

Paffrath said he has not taken MetroLink since the attack and has no plans to take it in the near future. He launched a GoFundMe page after the attack and raised enough money to replace his car’s transmission so he would have a way to get back and forth from work.

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