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Two teens attempt to rob 14-year-old, assault him on MetroLink, police say

Passengers load and unload from eastbound and westbound MetroLink trains stopped at the Scheel Street Station in Belleville in this BND file photo.
Passengers load and unload from eastbound and westbound MetroLink trains stopped at the Scheel Street Station in Belleville in this BND file photo. tvizer@bnd.com

When a MetroLink passenger wouldn’t give his bag up to two boys who tried to rob him, the boys assaulted him Sunday afternoon, St. Louis County police say.

Police saw a fight going on as a group of people left a westbound MetroLink train at North Hanley Station in northern St. Louis County, according to a news release. One boy showed what appeared to be a firearm to the group of riders, police said.

The two suspects — both black boys in their teens — approached a 14-year-old boy while he was riding the train, police said. When the train stopped, they demanded he give them his bag. When he refused, they assaulted him, police said.

When an uninvolved group of people intervened, one of the suspects, who was described as short and wearing a white shirt and navy blue pants, pulled out a firearm. The second suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black shorts. Police then began to chase the two suspects.

The two suspects ran from the station into a nearby wooded area, where police were unable to find them.

The 14-year-old victim was not injured in the fight, but a satchel and cell phone were taken from him, police said.

If you have any information about the fight, you can contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

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