Veteran attacked at light rail station wants increased police and transit security presence

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — A Charlotte man was the victim of an attempted robbery at a light rail station earlier this week.

The man, who is a veteran and did not want to be named, agreed to discuss the attack at the I-485 station on Tuesday.

He was shaken, but not hurt.

Just before the train left the station at around 2:15 p.m., a woman approached it with a sharp piece of glass.

“With broken glass on my face like that, do you want trouble? Do you want to die?” said the victim. “When she said that I knew I couldn’t stay there on the train, I had to get off the train.”

He rushed to call the security guard, but the woman followed him and tried to cut and steal his backpack.

The security guard detained the lady until the CMPD arrived. The veteran said he was grateful for the guard’s help, but wanted more security and police presence on public transportation.

“We need more security, police on trains, on buses, at light rail stops, to protect people,” he said.

“I really believe that, I think it deters people from assaulting other people or any other crime,” another person said. “I have a lot of friends who want to come to Uptown and explore and use the light rail, but they’re a little hesitant because there’s been more crime lately.”

The two travelers believe that the presence of security should be daily, and not just on match days or during major events in town.

“It’s so important that what happened to me never happens to anyone else here in Charlotte,” the veteran said.

Court documents obtained by WBTV revealed that the suspect is Alfa Cruz-Garcia. She is charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, resisting a public officer and assaulting personal property.

CATS said it is aware of the incident and CMPD is investigating.

So far, the transit system has failed to respond to the public’s call to increase the level of safety.

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Jose P. Rogers