KSTP anchor hit with rock or small piece of concrete at light-rail station

He's expected to return to work in a few days.
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A KSTP-TV anchor was the victim of what is being called a "random assault" at the Nicollet Mall light-rail station on Tuesday morning, KSTP-TV News Director Kirk Varner told Bring Me The News in a statement.

Midday anchor Matt Belanger was on his way into work at about 8:50 a.m. when "an unknown person passing by him turned and forcefully threw a rock or small piece of concrete at Matt's head," Varner said.

"Matt sustained a significant injury to his left eye, but he is hoping to recover fully and return to work at 5 Eyewitness News within a few days," Varner said.

This most recent incident comes a week after a woman was assaulted at a light-rail station in St. Paul. In that incident, three teenagers have been charged in connection to the May 4 incident.

In response to these two incidents at light-rail stations, state Rep. Jon Koznick (R-Lakeville) to announce plans to offer an amendment to HF 3740, a bill related to transit safety, to address transit safety and security during Thursday's floor session.

“My thoughts are with the victim of this brutal assault and I pray that they make a speedy recovery. Today’s attack is a grim reminder that our transit system is in crisis as crime continues to grow and remains an issue, even during COVID orders,” Rep. Koznick said in a statement. “Transit riders should not fear being victimized when they use public transportation. That is why I will continue to be a strong advocate for strengthening safety and security at Metro Transit. It is time for the House and Senate to work together and take action towards ensuring a better transit rider experience for all Minnesotans.”

Bring Me The News has reached out to Metro Transit for comment. 

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