crime and punishment

St. Louis, Missouri’s Nathaniel Maurice Smith arrested, accused of killing MetroLink security guard James Cook

Nathaniel Maurice Smith (©St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Nathaniel Maurice Smith (©St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Nathaniel Maurice Smith, 36, of Evans Place, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States was arrested at the Hanley MetroLink stop on the evening of January 31, 2021. The African-American man was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Just after 10:00 a.m. on January 31, 2021, MetroLink security guard James Cook, 30, approached Smith about a disturbance he was causing at the Delmar Loop MetroLink station in St. Louis. After pulling out a pistol and shooting the guard in the face, Smith fled on foot.

Cook was killed by the gunshot. He worked for a private security firm hired by MetroLink, St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department major Shawn Dace as saying.

 

The security guard and his wife Kimberlee Cook have two daughters, according to the GoFundMe page set up for his family. The family attends Sullivan Christian Church in Sullivan, Missouri.

Smith had graying hair and facial hair. He was wearing a dark blue gaiter face mask, a stocking cap with orange lettering, a black coat, a black hooded sweatshirt with orange lettering that might reference a football team and dark pants while carrying a black computer bag with a strap the day he shot Cook.

Prior to Smith’s arrest, CrimeStoppers offered a $25,000 reward for information about him. The city of St. Louis and MetroLink each put up $10,000 of the reward money.

MetroLink has 33 stations. It operates two lines namely the Blue Line and the Red Line.

The Blue Line provides service between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 MetroLink Station in Missouri and the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station in Illinois, USA. The Red Line provides service between the Lambert Airport Terminal #1 MetroLink Station in Missouri and the Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Station in Illinois.

St. Louis is the second largest city in Missouri. The city sits on the western bank of the Mississippi River, which forms the state line between Illinois and Missouri.

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