Police Release Video Of One Of City’s Recent Random Attacks

DENVER (CBS4) – Police investigating a series of random attacks downtown in recent months released new video this week showing one of the crimes.

There have been at least 15 assaults and robberies across the downtown area since the beginning of August.

The video of one attack was captured by one of the city’s HALO cameras, and police say it’s their best look yet at a group of the suspects. It shows a group of people at 16th and Arapahoe pushing a victim down and beating them.

So far there have been no arrests in any of the random beatings, but police are hoping the video will lead to new tips about who the criminals might be.

Detective John White said in some of the attacks some of the suspects begin yelling at the victim or one of the group bumps that person.

“These suspects are looking for a confrontation,” he said.

“When those individuals create those types of confrontations other suspects appear and they assault and or rob our victims.”

Michael Weber is the father of one of the beating victims. His son Jason and some friends were at a toga party on Aug. 21 at Maloney’s Tavern on Market Street near 15th. On their way out, just down the road, they got separated and there was a confrontation.

One friend was knocked out and Weber was beaten severely. He wound up with multiple skull fractures and a broken nose and was initially in a coma after the beating due to a brain injury.

“It was a living nightmare,” Weber said. “I got to watch my son grow up again, from a 3 year old back to an adult.”

Weber says he hopes more is done to prevent these attacks in the future. He’s advocating more patrols, more HALO cameras and requiring bars to hire off-duty cops.

“It just breaks my heart that other people are going through this,” he said. “I want to do everything I can to prevent this from happening to someone else.”

In the attack of Weber’s son, police say surveillance video shows someone videotaping the attack. They say in a lot of the assault cases people may have been using their phones to record the beatings. They are asking anyone who has seen the footage to come forward.

White said they are aware of at least one suspect who appears to have been involved in multiple assaults.

  • Jon

    Why aren’t the Denver cops patrolling the Mall instead of bothering the Occupy protestors? One group is hurting people, the other is trying to help. Get your priorites straight!

    • CB

      Helping by putting massive financial strain on the city of Denver? And for what? So some whinny college kids can get a dream job right out of school? Haha what a joke. Going to school doesn’t and shouldn’t guarantee you a job or a good job for that matter. Blame your teachers and liberal politicians for lying to you so you’d spend thousands of dollars on something that’s not worth it. College isn’t always the best choice and kids are deceived into thinking that if they go everything will come easy and be handed to them. That’s simply not the reality of the situation.

  • A.G. Trespass

    Get a gun! Get trained, and use it! These Hickenlooper voters will soon get the message.

  • narada tanner

    Next time you get upset about police brutality, This is why the police need to have that kind of power.Some times mistakes are made but the benefits far outweigh the liabilities.
    I may not be able to pass a criminal background check for a sorry ass job, but i’d never stand by and let that happen to anyone. You know whats going to happen to me when one of these twerps tries that on me? I’m going back to prison and then these pieces of trashs’ parents get to come on TV and cry over there little babies.

  • Dave Gill

    It isn’t practical or desirable for there to be a policeman on every corner. Every adult is responsible for their own protection. Have a gun, know how and when to use it. You cannot reasonably expect there will always be someone around who is willing and able to protect you. If you aren’t willing to protect yourself you are likely to become food to a predator.

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