Deaf man robbed and attacked at MetroLink station

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KSDK) – A deaf senior citizen was attacked at a MetroLink station last week, and instead of helping, his son says several people just walked right by.

Randy Moehlman says his dad is definitely a little traumatized. That's why he didn't want to speak on camera about the incident that happened at the Richmond Heights MetroLink station last Tuesday.

At around 11:30 a.m., police say an unknown man robbed Moehlman's 69-year-old, deaf father of $22 and punched him in the face. Moehlman says it left his dad with a bloody and swollen face…and him angry.

"The security guard was nowhere to be found at the time it happened," Moehlman said.

Metro's head of security says a guard was on duty, but the alleged attack happened just outside both her view and the sight of a security camera.

But that's not all that bothers Moehlman. His father believes at least half a dozen fellow MetroLink riders ignored his screams for help and kept walking.

"There had to have been people who heard that," Moehlman said. "No one's asking anyone to be Superman and jump in the middle of a scuffle…"

But he does wish a witness would have stayed around to give a description to police. A few moments after the attack, a woman stepping off a train saw the aftermath and called 911.

Metro says this is the first time they've had an incident like this at the Richmond Heights station. But they say they are reviewing security procedures to see if there are any lessons to be learned.


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