St. Louis police to increase weekend patrols in Delmar Loop

Apr 6, 2012

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will add extra manpower in the Delmar Loop this weekend in an effort to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence.

No one was injured in a series of fights that broke out around 8:30 p.m. on March 31, or when shots were fired into the crowd, though two people were injured in a later shooting at a Church's Chicken.

Capt. Michael Caruso, the deputy commander of the Bureau of Community Policing, says SLMPD officers will work closely with colleagues in University City to keep things under control.

"We're going to be very attuned to any city ordinance violations or more serious charges," he said. "We'll be pretty proactive to take any problem people into custody pretty quickly"

Caruso says the department is seeing chatter on social media about gatherings in the Loop this weekend. He says officers will continue to monitor those sites as much as possible.

The department will make decisions about the additional patrols on a week-by-week basis.