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Deaf Man Robbed, Assaulted on MetroLink Platform as Bystanders Ignore Pleas for Help

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The Richmond Heights' MetroLink station where commuters turned a deaf ear to a deaf man's screams.
The son of a 69-year-old deaf man robbed and assaulted last week at a MetroLink platform isn't sure which is worse: that there was no security around to prevent his father from being mugged in broad daylight or that bystanders at the Richmond Heights' station ignored his father's pleas following the attack.

According to St. Louis County police, the incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. last Tuesday when the victim was purchasing his ticket at the automated kiosk. A suspect -- described only as a black male -- grabbed the victim's money as he attempted to purchase a ticket. When the victim held tight to the cash, the suspect struck him in the face and ran off with $22.

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Randy Moehlman, the victim's son, tells Daily RFT that his father was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Still, he remains active and frequently uses MetroLink to journey out for lunch. Moehlman says his father was doing just that last Tuesday when he was mugged and assaulted at the MetroLink stop.

"There were at least a half-dozen other commuters on the platform who saw this and heard my dad's screams," says Moehlman. "But they just chose to ignore him, and my father being deaf can't call the police himself."

Help arrived only after a woman getting off a train noticed Moehlman's bloody father and dialed 911. But since she had not witnessed the robbery, she was unable to offer police assistance.

Reached for comment late last week, Richard Zott, chief of public safety for Metro, could not tell Daily RFT why security was not around to prevent the robbery.

"We have fixed security there but they could have been in the parking lot or on the train," says Zott.

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The incident remains unsolved and under investigation. And while security cameras did not capture the mugging, video from the time does confirm that fellow commuters did nothing to assist the victim following the assault.

"It's a sad state affairs when someone is hurt and no one steps in to help," notes Zott.

On that point, Zott and the victim's son can agree.

"My faith in human decency took a serious hit this week," says Moehlman. "I certainly would not expect someone to jump in the middle of a physical altercation and be 'superman' because you never know if the person has a weapon. But what disgusts me, what I find despicable, is the lack of human decency by the people who were around the scene at the time. Not one person stuck around to help after the guy ran off. Not one person called 911 while it was happening. Not one person stayed to offer first-hand accounts, give statements, help ID the suspect. No one."

Moehlman says that his father -- who asked not to be named in this article -- is back from the hospital and recovering from the bloody lip sustained in the assault. The bigger setback from the robbery, says Moehlman, is what it could do to his father's independence.

His dad no longer drives more than a mile or two from home and had relied on MetroLink for longer journeys. Now he's not sure he'll ride the light rail again.

"And can you blame him?" asks Moehlman.

Contact the author at chad.garrison@riverfronttimes.com or follow on Twitter @chadgarrison.

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178 comments
YZbetten
YZbetten

that's pretty worse than prejudices to deaf people is a disability, why???

Jodie Bahr
Jodie Bahr

People now a days are too much of a wimp to help the person in need. Whoever saw this man get beat. Karma will take care. Chicken shit people.

Zac Nevill
Zac Nevill

Sad. Step in and get shot or stabbed though. I was mugged last summer and gave no fight. I'd happily give up 22 dollars in exchange for my life. Sucks that this thug is praying on the weak and not someone who can hold their own.

Emmy Geraghty
Emmy Geraghty

Also comments like "this is why the MetroLink can't expand into the county" crack me up. Because clearly, the inherent problem in someone getting robbed on a public transportation platform, is that PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WAS THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!! Damn you, public transportation.

Emmy Geraghty
Emmy Geraghty

This story is really sad. Also the opening sentence is really confusing and I had to read it about 10 times. #Copywriterproblemssorry

Nicholas Reynolds
Nicholas Reynolds

Hey look! A redneck calling me a twat for speaking up about the lack good acts, probably could have used a more fitting, intelligent insult...I mean someone could have, not you. Damn your an ugly redneck, look at them pubes on your face.

Walker Nick
Walker Nick

You live in a large city, where it's dog eat dog. I have sympathy for the guy who got assaulted, but I'm not going to chastise everyone not willing to suffer like him. You are a twat.

Nicholas Reynolds
Nicholas Reynolds

Everyone is saying they would have helped, but there were about just as many people there as there are people commenting right now, so statistically speaking, most of you are full of shit. Your posting these comments to make yourselves feel righteous, makes yourselves feel like your better then your average persons. Like people who recycle, people who volunteer at soup kitchens, people who adopt rescue dogs, people who donate to charity's, people who give bums money, people who "accept" others who are different, people who have a support our troops ribbon on their car, people who buy hybrids, people who go to church, people who just do things because then they don't have to address the fact they don't have the courage to risk themselves, and by extension those who they care about, to help a stranger. Altruistic actions are more then just feel good programs, and doing things that give you that warm fuzzy emotion that "your doing the right thing and every little bit helps". The people who actually would have stepped up, are 1 in 100, and that is probably a very generous number in St. Louis. If your doing whats right, your not getting a ribbon, or a sticker, in fact your peers not only will not give it recognition, they are probably gonna think there is something wrong with you. 1000 people all doing a little bit of the right thing is nothing in comparison to 1 person taking the risk of acting to do the right. Those 1000, those do gooders, they are just masturbating their ego.

Jody Ditto
Jody Ditto

@Adam:rich people don't use public transportation. This is terrible. Selfish people who are afraid of getting sued, having to take time off from work and go to court and just don't want to get involved. If I had been there and had my CCW, the guy would've been threatened.

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

Its the low life trash they hire as security guards,most are in on it,or scared! Same as parking attendants,worthless,most are in on the thefts! Look at the real picture here..Cops need to start shooting more of these gang banger want a be's,clean house! Simple..

doublekickoriginal1
doublekickoriginal1

They have nothing but low lifes hired as security guards,and id bet most of them are in on the crap! You get what you hired,a mess!

Doug Tull
Doug Tull

Yep, and this is because there's no visible security on the Metro. When criminals know there's a good chance they can get away with committing crimes, they will. There should be undercover cops on every route and at every stop.

brandyc722
brandyc722

People are disgusting selfish animals. I don't want to live on this planet anymore. Ugh, no humanity left.

Emily Baumstark Siddens
Emily Baumstark Siddens

People need to mind their own business. If others see someone being assaulted or hurt he ok them! Simple human respect. Not surprising ignorant people at the Richmond heights metro didn't help! They are half the problem. They are ignorant an think they are owed something. So annoying. I think the deaf father is a brave and courageous man for going out and wanting to just enjoy a simple lunch out! Just Let him have his peace and enjoy his lunch. So sick of Ignorant and self loathing people

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

beware, your common sense comment will soon be met with cries of raaaaacism

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

we live in a soulless world.... I seriously feel 100 times safer on cancuns public busses..... id never ride again

Stephanie Thorsten
Stephanie Thorsten

I'll take my chances at being sued before I ever just stand by and watch someone be attacked. It's interesting to read about so many hypocrites that value their possessions over another person's life, but play the role of "good" people any other time.

Dierdre Lockette
Dierdre Lockette

Ok isn't this the "Galleria" stop? It's awful this happened to him but to blame the people on the platform is kind of wrong. First of all, the ticket machine is pretty far from the actual platform. You can't really see the ticket machine from it. Then, even if you don't have your earbuds in, there's also a lot of noise from the highway. I'm not excusing what happened at all, just saying that it's being depicted as the people on the platform were all looking at this happening and it's quite possible that they just didn't notice because they weren't in a position to see it.

John Foster
John Foster

A 60- year old friend of mine was assaulted by a gang of 7-8 teenagers, on the block leading to Brentwood Blvd. I don't see so much security. #metrolink

Bill Heinemann
Bill Heinemann

This must be wrong... crime is down in st louis.

Crystal M Higginbotham
Crystal M Higginbotham

Odd that Metro is riddled with security EVERY single time I go, checking tickets or busting me for taking a sip of water, and suddenly there's not a single employee on the scene? Even worse, you know that 99% of those people probably had their phone already glued to their hand, and couldn't make a call? smh.

Jeff Tiberend
Jeff Tiberend

Just another black mark for St. Louis. Come on people, we're better than this.

Michelle Accardi
Michelle Accardi

What is wrong with people? If it were them, they would expect help from others.

Leland Avants II
Leland Avants II

I would call them animals, but that would be an insult to animals.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

thats why they dont allow service to st charles or chesterfield they dont want THOSE people in their nice cities

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

but ya... it's rich white people causing all the problems.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Justin so you are saying it didn't happen because I'm a troll? Great fucking logic there.

Guy Zahner
Guy Zahner

Why would anyone ride metro rob?

Justin M Politte
Justin M Politte

Lmao. Josh Goodman, just because you have Google doesn't make you a law expert. However, it seems to give you a superiority complex. I see you studied at Hogwarts. Translation: Internet, know-it-all Troll. Maybe you should have a conversation with actual law officers, about what rights you could exercise in such a situation. Good day! ;)

Kevin McAlister
Kevin McAlister

And people wonder why crooks are shot dead? One time they will mess with the wrong person and that person will be armed with personal protection permit. And thugs are then dead.

Bunny Daulton
Bunny Daulton

There are more than just a few bad seeds in St. Louis. People in MO in general are rude, selfish, and ignorant.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Justin there have been many cases where bystanders have gotten involved and then criminal has turned around and sued them. A few years ago a criminal robbed a person and the police opened fire on him. He was put in a wheelchair, after he got out of jail he sued and won. Crime does pay. Google is your friend.

Marisa Ciolino
Marisa Ciolino

That is horrible and I am so sorry. F***ing Heathens!

Justin M Politte
Justin M Politte

I hope all those people that did nothing are reading this article, and the comments, because they are embarrassing to humanity.

Jen Speichinger
Jen Speichinger

Not all of STL sucks.. There's always a few bad seeds to mess it up for the rest of us... If I would have been there, I would have done something.

Justin M Politte
Justin M Politte

Josh Goodman, the article stated there was no security on the platform. And the criminal wouldn't have been able to "sue" by someone helping another defend themselves from being attacked, especially if like the victim, was unable to defend himself.

Jen Speichinger
Jen Speichinger

In the article it says security wasn't there, you know different Josh Goodman?

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