AGGRAVATED BATTERY TO METROLINK SECURITY OFFICERS

On May 11, 2018 at about 1 a.m., Fairview Heights Police officers were called to the Metrolink Station in Fairview Heights for a person fighting with Metrolink public safety officers. Upon arriving, officers learned that a St. Louis man had exited a train and proceeded off the platform and down beside the tracks, in an area prohibited to the public. The security officers told him to leave the area. He refused to do so and shouted expletives at them.

The security officers went down to the tracks and attempted to take the person into custody. When they did, he began swinging his fists and kicking his feet at the security officers, striking them in the process. One security officer was struck in the face and suffered redness and swelling around one of his eyes. The security officers were finally able to get the person into custody, just as police were arriving.

The person was taken into custody by Fairview Heights Police. The suspect was found to be wearing a GPS ankle monitor. Upon further investigation, officers learned that the suspect is on lifetime GPS monitoring in Missouri due to a prior conviction for rape.

Later on May 11, 2018, the case was presented to the St. Clair County States Attorney’s office, where the person was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery. Bail was set at $100,000. He was transported to St. Clair County jail in lieu of bail.

The person charged is identified as:

JOSHUA R. EFKEN
MALE, 35 YEARS OLD
ST. LOUIS MISSOURI

* All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.