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Man killed kitten after being told animal wouldn't be allowed on MetroLink, police say

Posted June 19

— A 23-year-old man is facing an animal cruelty charge after allegedly killing a kitten on a Belleville MetroLink platform after being told he couldn't board with the animal Friday.

Decalos Edwards Johnson-Foston attempted to board a train at the Belleville Station MetroLink with the kitten when a security officer told him the animal wouldn't be allowed on the train. After being told he couldn't take the kitten on the train, Johnson-Foston allegedly threw it to ground, injuring it, and then stomped on its head, killing it.

After killing the kitten, Johnson-Foston boarded a bus before anyone had time to react, according to police records.

Johnson-Foston was taken into custody on the bus at College Station. According to police, the suspect had also taken money out of another bus rider's wallet.

Johnson-Foston was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. He is currently in custody at the St. Clair County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Anyone who was on the platform at the time of the incident is asked to contact St. Clair County Sheriff's investigators at 618-825-5204.

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