ST. LOUIS — The 43-year-old man, attacked by a man in his 20s on the Metrolink train in St. Louis says he’s going to stop taking the train for awhile and hopefully buy a motorcycle with donations he receives from his “gofundme” site.
The victim spoke to KMOV-TV in St. Louis about what happened that Monday night. He says the attacker asked to use his cell phone, but he said no. Then the suspect sat down next to him and asked him what he thought of the Michael Brown case.
Brown, of course, is the 18-year-old black man who was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer. The fatal shooting and dispute over events that led to the shooting of the unarmed Brown prompted protests and civil unrest in Ferguson.
The man didn’t like the victim’s answer.
“Then he asked me my opinion on the Michael Brown thing,” the victim told KMOV, “and I responded I was too tired to think about it right now.”
“The next thing I know, he sucker punches me right in the middle of my face,” the victim said.
Two other men then joined in, police said.
When the MetroLink stopped at the Forest Park station, a security officer boarded the train and saw the assault taking place. The suspects left the MetroLink and the security guard notified police of the incident.
Following the assault, the victim complained of pain to his face. He also had a laceration on his nose and bruising on his face and forehead. According to police, the victim declined to receive medical attention at the scene.
“I think it was disgusting that people were sort of laughing and smiling about it,” the victim said. “And no one offered to help. No one seemed to call 911.”
Police announced two arrests in the attack. Authorities say a third person believed to have been involved in the attack is in custody and cooperating with police.